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The Most Terrible Time in My Life (2000)

The Most Terrible Time in My Life (2000)





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Intrepid Japanese detective Maiku Hama is on the case in this adventure, the first of a three-part comedy series. Hama is a total klutz, and his attempts at machismo fall flat. When he is on a case, Hama spends more time getting beaten up than he does solving it.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Haruko Wanibuchi
as Lily Hama
Shin'ya Tsukamoto
as Yamaguchi
Hou de Jian
as Hou De Jian
Shiro Sano
as Masaru Kanno
Yang Haitin
as Yang Haitin
Masatoshi Nagase
as Maiku Hama
Kaho Minami
as Byakuran
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Critic Reviews for The Most Terrible Time in My Life

All Critics (3)

... a lively, witty tribute to American private eye films with a serious core.

Full Review… | October 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Most Terrible Time in My Life


The first part of a trilogy (which I now regret not buy the rest of), this introduces us to a modern day neo noir hero Maiku Hama, who operates out of an office above a cinema showing classic films in Japan. He finds himself involved in a case searching for a missing Taiwanese immigrant, whose brother he saves in a brawl in a restaurant. Hama is an interesting character, as he appears cool, but is very accident prone and finds himself getting his ass handed to him more often than not. It makes for an interesting take on the genre, that's for sure. Worth a look, give it a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

A 1990's Japanese detective film lovingly and respectfully shot in black and white in the style of a 1950's American detective film, complete with fallable PI , twists and turns and a bitter-sweet denouement. Fun. Starring Masatoshi Nagase of Mystery Train / Cold Fever / Suicide Club etc etc fame.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

I saw the write up on this in Shock Cinema Magazine (Issue 6) If I remember right. So when it arrived by mail I put it on the shelf saying when I get to it, little did I know that it was a Kino Video Release. And little did I know that it was a 5 star great film, 6 stars if I could. Its a Japanese film shot in Black & White (Shot in 1993) to give it that film noir look. Its suppose to be a spoof n the American Crime films of 1950-19660 time frame, and after all with a detective named Maiku Hama, how could it not be nothing but funny and interesting at the same time. Its not really a comedy and Director Kazio Hayashi has done a excellent job with this one. This is the first of a trilogy the other two being Stairway to a distant past and the Trap, which I will now order and review as soon as possible. This is a good film, not only for the comedy part but also for overall story. One other thing it has English Subtitles. Enjoy, and if you haven't seen a Kino Video yet you need to try them out and get there catalog, use a search engine just type Kino Video for some excellent world films.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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