Synopsis by Jonathan Crow
Yojiro Takita directs this comedy-drama about a quartet of Japanese salarymen engaging in wacky hijinks in a squalid, war-ravaged Third World country. Prim and polished engineer Takahashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) is sent on a business trip to the fictitious southwest Asian nation of Tarckistan, run by corrupt military autocrats and crippled by rampant poverty. Takahashi is immediately appalled by the child beggars on the streets, by the water that is undrinkable, and the crime -- especially after his prized Walkman is swiped by his maid. He meets up with the decadent regional manager Nakaido (Tsutomu Yamazaki), who lives like a colonial potentate complete with three nubile "personal assistants." The main competitor for the prospective contract is also Japanese, represented by the slick ex-government officials Tomita (Ittoku Kishibe) and Matsumoto (Kyusaku Shimada), who actually bothered to learn the local language. As the four try to curry favor with the colonel who runs the country, war breaks out. Soon, instead of pursuing a contract, the quartet are fleeing for their lives into the jungles.
ambition, business, business-rivalry, corruption, materialism, obsession, opportunist, politician, upward-mobility