Rongu Ran (1982)

Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Yamanaka (Toshiyuki Nagashima), a Japanese roller-skating athlete and his trainer (also a reporter) Miyamoto (Hiromitsu Suzuki) have decided to come to the U.S. and skate and bicycle their way across the countryside, in preparation for competition. Joining them isTakiguchi (Kazuo Kato) a photographer who will record this experience in still shots. As they proceed with their assigned task, several interruptions occur that introduce them to Americans along the way: a reward is given to the skater in one town for an act of heroism, he is also given shelter in one home when his leg is injured, and in general, people are quite willing to help out in most situations. When Yamanaka has to try to practice his limited English his embarrassment is palpable, as it is when he starts to fall in love - touches such as these bring a dimension of humanity to a role that too easily could have been one of the aloof athlete, dedicated only to training and winning.

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athlete, competition, culture-clash, embarrassment, love, photography, reporter, sports, trainer