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A 1986 Creator/RonHoward comedy starring Creator/MichaelKeaton and Gedde Watanabe.

Hadleyville, Pennsylvania is fading fast. The car factory, engine of the local economy, has closed down, and former autoworker and local union head Hunt Stevenson (Keaton) is sent to Tokyo to attract Assan Motors to take over the plant. They do, and the town is saved, but now the American autoworkers and the Japanese management will have to somehow learn to work together in spite of their cultural differences. HilarityEnsues.

The film was later made into a TV show with Gedde Watanabe and Scott Bakula.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* TheAllegedCar: Some of the last few of the 15,000 cars they build in a month are rather ufinished.
* 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.
* 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 evokes.
* 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.
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