In 1986, Hadleyville, Pennsylvania was fading fast. The car factory, engine of the local economy, was closed down and former autoworker and local union head Hunt Stevenson (Michael Keaton) was sent to Tokyo to attract Assan Motors to take over the plant. They did, and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensued]]. Gedde Watanabe played the FunnyForeigner who clashed/meshed/changed with Hunt.

Was later made into a TV show with Gedde Watanabe and Scott Bakula. A Creator/RonHoward movie (so it's surprising none of the [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Bluths]] [[ActorAllusion drives an Assan]].)
!!This film provides examples of:
* TheAllegedCar: Some of the last few of the 15,000 cars they had to build in a month were...well...they never intended them to ''leave the factory'' like that...
* CaliforniaDoubling: Many scenes are shot in, of all places, Argentina, home to a Fiat factory that was half-abandoned but still full of partly completed cars and they were allowed to film in.
* CulturalPosturing:
-->'''Kaz:''' From now on, this plant will be run ''our'' way, the way ''we'' know how!
-->'''Hunt:''' Oh yeah? Yeah, well if you guys are so great, how come you lost [[WorldWarII the big one]]?
* TheEighties
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: The theme of the film is Americans and Japanese learning to work together. "Gung ho" means "work together," but it's a ''Chinese'' term coined as an Americanism during World War 2, when America was ''fighting'' the Japanese.
** Assan may sound a bit like Nissan, but is in fact the name of a South Korean car company (aka Asan Motors) that was actually active at the time of the show (It would eventually merge with Hyundai).
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: A major example of American fears over the issue in TheEighties.
* MyCard: "Anyone got any Subaru or Suzuki? No? Go fish."
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: During the labor action, Hunt is finally driven to tell the strikers the simple truth of why the Japanese are outdoing them in the auto industry is that they have the work ethic that too many American workers have abandoned.
* ReassignmentBackfire: Kazuhiro is punished by being sent to America, but he manages to succeed there.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Kazuhiro is shamed in Japan, so he's shipped off to America.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Japan building factories in or taking over companies in America was a very real concern in TheEighties (beginning in 1982 when Honda opened a plant in Marysville, OH) and this movie explores the idea of two cultures working together to fulfill a common goal: making big money.
* {{Salaryman}}: Kazuhiro
* ShoutOut: The film takes place in Hadleyville, a probable ShoutOut to MarkTwain 's ''The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg'', which the plot faintly evoked.
* SwitchToEnglish: Takahara Kazuhiro's wife starts speaking Japanese to him in one scene, but he tells her to practice her English and they continue the conversation in English.