Happy Flight (2008)

Happy Flight


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Comedy and suspense take turns in this crowd-pleasing picture from popular Japanese director Shinobu Yaguchi. Flight 1980 is preparing to take off from Tokyo to Hawaii, and a team of trained professionals is working to see the flight goes smoothly. Capt. Harada (Saburo Tokito) is a tough, by-the-book pilot who is training young co-pilot Suzuki (Seiichi Tanabe) who is eager to move up to full pilot's status. The flight is also carrying a new stewardess, Saito (Haruka Ayase), who is nervous about … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
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as Kazuhiro Suzuki

as Noriyoshi Harada

as Etsuko

as Natsumi

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].

JY Skacto

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