Gung Ho

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"When East meets West, the laughs shift into high gear!"
  • PG-13
  • 1986
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 6.3  (13,829)
  • 48

Gung Ho is a 1986 comedy-drama film directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, and George Wendt. The story follows a group of automobile workers who are struggling to keep their factory open. They are then faced with the challenge of adapting to the management style of a Japanese company that has taken over their plant.

Keaton plays the main character, Hunt Stevenson, who is a foreman at the factory. He is desperate to keep the plant open, and he comes up with the idea of convincing a Japanese automobile company to buy the factory and hire his workers. The Japanese company agrees to the proposal, but they require that the American workers learn and adopt the Japanese management style.

The American workers are initially resistant to the Japanese management style because they have always been used to doing things their own way. The Japanese management style is characterized by a strong emphasis on teamwork, long working hours, and a focus on quality instead of quantity. The film portrays the cultural differences between the two countries, including the language barrier and the different working cultures.

Watanabe plays the role of Mr. Sakamoto, the Japanese plant manager who is responsible for implementing the Japanese management style. He speaks English, but he prefers to use an interpreter to avoid any misunderstandings. His character is highly regarded in Japan, and he is considered a success overseas because of his ability to implement the Japanese management style in a foreign country.

The American workers gradually come to understand the Japanese management style and begin to work together as a team. The film highlights the importance of cultural understanding and language learning in a global economy. The workers begin to take pride in their work and strive for excellence, which leads to an increase in productivity and efficiency.

Keaton delivers an excellent performance as Hunt Stevenson, who is torn between his loyalty to his fellow workers and his job as the foreman. He learns to understand and appreciate the Japanese management style and creates a bond with Mr. Sakamoto.

The film is also notable for its portrayal of the American working class, which had been in decline in the 1980s due to the rise of globalization and outsourcing of jobs overseas. The film explores the struggles of American workers who are trying to keep their jobs in the face of competition from foreign companies.

Gung Ho is a thought-provoking and entertaining film that blends comedy and drama to great effect. It highlights the importance of cultural awareness and understanding in a global economy while also delivering a heartfelt and engaging story. It is a testament to the skills of director Ron Howard and the talent of the cast, including Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, and George Wendt.

Gung Ho is a 1986 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 48.

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