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Gung Ho (1986)

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Michael Keaton stars as a wheeler-dealer who hopes to save a failing Pennsylvania automobile-assembly factory from having to close its doors. Keaton persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen the factory, retrain its staff, and streamline the operation. It isn't long before the American-born workers grow to resent the disciplinary demands of their new Japanese bosses, setting the stage for a comic clash of cultures. The day is saved when it turns out that the poker-faced owner of the auto company possesses a really strange sense of humor. Gung Ho was later spun off into a short-lived TV sitcom, starring Scott Bakula of Quantum Leap fame.

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Cast

Michael Keaton
as Hunt Stevenson
Gedde Watanabe
as Kazhihiro
Sô Yamamura
as Sakamoto
Rance Howard
as Mayor Zwart
Jean Speegle Howard
as Lady in Market
Thomas Ikeda
as Instructor
R. Scott Peck
as Union Member
William S. Bartman
as Union Member
Tommy Lafitte
as Union Member
James Cash
as Mayor's Aide
Kim Chan
as Member of Board
Tak Kubota
as Failed Executive
Joseph Pilato
as Union Member
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Critic Reviews for Gung Ho

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Its tone swings violently from pratfall to preachment, from an indictment of featherbed laziness to an extended beer-commercial celebration of the mythical American worker.

Full Review… | June 28, 2011
TIME Magazine
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Drawn from real life, the conflict between cultures is good for both a laugh and a sober thought along the way.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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The hero, though funny, is ultimately unsympathetic, securing through his cosy pacts nobody's position but his own, while the upbeat ending justifies strike-breaking. With comrades like this, who needs class enemies?

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's more cheerful than funny, and so insistently ungrudging about Americans and Japanese alike that its satire cuts like a wet sponge.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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A disappointment, a movie in which the Japanese are mostly used for the mechanical requirements of the plot, and the Americans are constructed from durable but boring stereotypes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Keaton is lovable, as usual, but he comes across as a dumb jerk. This was an obvious attempt at 1930s-type social comedy. Social it may have been; comedic it wasn't.

Full Review… | June 28, 2011
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Gung Ho

½

Gung Ho is a brilliantly hilarious political satire from director Ron Howard. Starring Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, John Turturro, and Mimi Rogers, the cast is quite strong and gives some really good performances; especially Keaton, who's comedic gold. The story follows a closed down car factory that gets reopened by a Japanese company, but the differences between the American and the Japanese work ethic soon puts the factory's future in jeopardy. The comedy is well-written and does an impressive job with the cultural humor. A good natured film about friendship and teamwork, Gung Ho is tremendously fun and entertaining.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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½

Almost okay for the times. Way too dated now.

Christian C
Christian C

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½

Half hearted culture clash comedy packed with racial stereotypes and (surprise surprise) life lessons. The fact that the arrogance of the US workers wavers when they come to understand their japanese counterparts gives the film some small merit, but it's horribly contrived and just plain unfunny.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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