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Minbô no onna (1992)

A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza... See full summary »

Director:

Jûzô Itami

Writer:

Jûzô Itami
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Mahiru Inoue
Yasuo Daichi Yasuo Daichi ... Suzuki the accountant
Takehiro Murata Takehiro Murata ... Wakasugi (the bellboy)
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Kobayashi
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu ... Hanaoka
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Gang boss
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki ... Hotel owner
Tetsu Watanabe ... Akechi
Akira Nakao Akira Nakao ... Ibagi
Shirô Itô ... Iriuchijima
Mirei Asaoka Mirei Asaoka ... Akemi
Kitarô Kitarô ... Odokasareru otoko
Teruo Shimizu Teruo Shimizu ... Big Boss's Henchman
Shô Ryûzanji Shô Ryûzanji ... Yakuza in lobby
Masahiko Urano Masahiko Urano ... Gard man
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A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza (Japanese gangsters) and is a favorite target of theirs for extortion. They employ a variety of schemes to con the hotel out of 'hush-money.' The hotel needs to rid itself of the Yakuza and finally begins to fight back by hiring Mahiru Inoue, a lawyer who is an expert at dealing with these criminals on their own terms. This film by Juzo Itami combines action with farce, as an all-out war ensues. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Comedy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Minbo See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Itami Films, Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 1992, Itami was attacked, beaten, and slashed by five members of the Goto-gumi, a Tokyo yakuza gang, who were angry at his portrayal of yakuza as bullies and thugs in this film. This attack led to a government crackdown on the yakuza. His subsequent stay in a hospital inspired his next film Daibyonin. See more »

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The movie that shows Japanese they can stand up for something.
28 December 1999 | by jt4See all my reviews

This is a very fine movie, definitely worth seeing, but as much as being a good film, it tells Japanese that they can stand up and act for themselves. The Yakuza have been successful at intimidation because of the Japanese propensity to feel that something is "shikata ga nai", or there's nothing they can do about it. This movie has a final scene that shows people standing up in the face of very real threats to their safety. This is not so unusual in an American movie because, for all our collective faults, there is usually someone here who will not put up with injustice and will do something heroic to change it. This is still highly unusual in Japan, and the fact that Itami Juzo made this movie and then suffered a knife attack by Yakuza for doing so, will hopefully produce a few more heroes there.


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