Kaette Kita Waka Daisho (1981)

Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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The antics and adventures of Waka Daisho (Yuzo Kayama) and Ao Daisho (Kunio Tanaka) started out in a series of 17 movies made between the mid-'60s and early 1970s. After a hiatus of more than a decade, the two actors reprise their roles in this film, the 18th in the series. Waka Daisho is the ideal man -- good at heart, strong, and a symbol for the true Japanese hero. His friend Ao's ambitions tend more to chasing skirts -- and so the two are well-matched for comic effect. Waka Daisho is in the Southern Cross Islands as an advisor to its president; Ao Daisho is also there as a boss in his father's company, and both of them meet a young television producer (Ryoko Sakaguchi) whom they find quite attractive. Chance takes all three of them to New York City, each with their own business objectives. Waka is trying to advance the cause of independence for the Southern Cross Islands (a U.S. protectorate) and is challenged by an influential government official. If Waka can beat this official in the marathon about to be run in New York City, the official will help him out. Meanwhile, the reporter is set to cover the marathon and Ao Daisho is winning over her affections. Will Waka win the New York marathon? Will he get the woman in the end? Along the way to answering these questions, the cultural proclivities of the natives are examined with a critical eye.

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ambition, Casanova, friendship, ideals, love-triangle