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  • Summary: When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of cultures.
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  1. Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    Aug 26, 2013
    75
    The film would be funnier and more provocative if it took a stronger stand on one side or the other, but Howard chooses to hedge his bets, selecting an ending that celebrates brotherhood more than the strongly hinted- at notion that American workers would do well to get off their featherbedding backs.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Aug 26, 2013
    70
    Drawn from real life, the conflict between cultures is good for both a laugh and a sober thought along the way.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Aug 26, 2013
    60
    Gung Ho goes after that ever-so-elusive Capra-esque spirit of communal triumph over adversity, but both sides too often verge on stereotypes for this to pay off as richly as it should.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 26, 2013
    50
    I think the fault is in the screenplay, which tells a story that can be predicted almost from the opening frames. The people who wrote this movie did not bother, or dare, to give us truly individual Japanese characters; there is only one who is developed with any care.
  5. Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Aug 26, 2013
    50
    Howard entices us into overlooking the film's faults with some genuinely amusing scenes, particularly those featuring Japanese-American Gedde Watanabe as a beleaguered Assan executive who doesn't fit the corporate mold. [14 Mar 1986, p.27]
  6. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Aug 26, 2013
    40
    It's more cheerful than funny, and so insistently ungrudging about Americans and Japanese alike that its satire cuts like a wet sponge.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Aug 26, 2013
    40
    Howard's fifth movie is a keen disappointment. Clever moments and bittersweet touches aside, it leaves you wishing a modern-day Preston Sturges had written the script. [17 Mar 1986, p.82]

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