Guddo Rakku Rabu (1982)

Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Coincidences pile up together to bring several characters into dramatic contact in this story of some visiting Japanese citizens living in New York. These fateful events begin when Nakamura (Toshihiko Tahara), who is studying English and taking dance classes, sets out to find the pianist who was supposed to play for his class, but did not show up. Nakamura comes across the man in a Greenwich Village café and then learns that the man is his long-lost father, not quite as dead as Nakamura's mother maintained all these years. That is not the only surprise at the café either. The hero meets the charming Junko Kitano (Kyoko Mano) when he rescues her from a gang of street toughs and an attraction starts -- little does he know that Junko is his older brother's current love interest, though he should find out in no time because he shares an apartment with his brother. Then Nakamura befriends Junko's younger brother Kitano (Masahiko Kondoh) and his friend Matsumiya (Yoshio Nomura), an illegal immigrant working at a restaurant, and the three join in for some interesting times before Nakamura heads back to Tokyo. At that point, his older brother has split with Junko, planning to marry another woman, and Nakamura finds out that his father left his mother because she was against him playing the jazz piano. So now he goes back to New York to patch it up with his father, and to search out Junko and rekindle their aborted romance. Before he can succeed on both fronts, fate will intervene again and one more coincidence will send him back to Tokyo.

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brother, damsel-in-distress, father, love-triangle, missing-person, pianist, rescue, student