Happy Flight (2008)
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as Kazuhiro Suzuki
as Noriyoshi Harada
as Reiko Yamazaki
as Vet Weather Guru
as Man with a Toupee
as Martinet Manager
as Bullying Businessman
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Shinobu Yaguchi has already proven that he can deliver amusing Japanese comedies with Waterboys and Swing Girls. Does he drop the ball with Happy Flight? Of course not. [Thumbs Up].The weakest aspect of this film is probably the plot. Set entirely at an airport and on a plane, there isn't much depth to anything. Basically, whatever can go wrong on a flight, goes wrong. It seems it is not such a happy flight after all.Well, what the film lacks in story, it makes up for in everything else. There is quite a variety of characters to follow, ranging from pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, ground control, etc. This movie actually gives good insight into what makes an airport function.The comedic elements are funny. This isn't a non-stop laugh-er, but it isn't trying to be. It seems Yaguchi knows the secret for when to make Happy Flight serious and when to make it funny. [Thumbs Up].As mentioned earlier, there are a number of memorable characters, but Haruka Ayase is really something. Her facial expressions and personality are just adorable. The rest of the cast fulfill their duties as well.Happy Flight is another successful film on Shinobu Yaguchi's resume, and fans of his previous works will most likely enjoy this one as well. [Thumbs Up].
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