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Comic Magazine (1986)

Komikku zasshi nanka iranai! (original title)
Kinameri is a moderately successful television journalist itching for a big scoop. So when a corrupt local businessman barricades himself in his house, of course he's going to be excited with things picking up.

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Yôjirô Takita
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûya Uchida Yûya Uchida ... Toshiaki Kinameri
Yumi Asô ... Girlfriend
Takeshi Kitano ... Police (as Beat Takeshi)
Hiromi Gô Hiromi Gô ... Gigolo
Rikiya Yasuoka ... Man at bar
Tsurutarô Kataoka Tsurutarô Kataoka ... Gigolo
Kazuyoshi Miura Kazuyoshi Miura ... Himself
Seiko Matsuda ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bang-ho Cho Bang-ho Cho
Stevie Harada Stevie Harada
Yoshio Harada ... Producer
Yukijirô Hotaru Yukijirô Hotaru
Yutaka Ikejima Yutaka Ikejima
Masataka Itsumi Masataka Itsumi
Yukiko Iwai Yukiko Iwai
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Storyline

Kinameri is a moderately successful television journalist itching for a big scoop. So when a corrupt local businessman barricades himself in his house, of course he's going to be excited with things picking up.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

16 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comic Magazine See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,462, 19 January 1987

Gross USA:

$30,324
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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A darkly comic gem from Japan
20 August 2003 | by nfarrarSee all my reviews

I saw this movie once in the late 80s and it has stuck with me. I keep looking to see if anyone is going to release it on video or DVD, but so far no one has.

It is the story of a serious journalist stuck on the show biz beat for a Japanese television network. In one scene as he sits in a toilet stall he hears two of his more successful colleagues ridiculing him for his hopeless admiration of Woodward and Bernstein. When he finally discovers a truly big story, about a plot by a greedy entrepreneur to swindle elderly pensioners with a gold futures scam, no one takes him seriously. In the violent climax he finds himself wounded when he gets in the way after local thugs decide to take the law into their own hands and murder the swindler. Suddenly, the ignored and ridiculed journalist becomes a story himself and is the focus of an all-too-hooked-on-gratuitous-gore press corps. "I don't speak f***ing Japanese!" He declares (in English, no less) and turns away.

A surprising import and a very good movie.


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