Comic Magazine (1986)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Media Satire, Black Comedy, Satire, Showbiz Comedy  |   Release Date - Jan 16, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Comic Magazine is a powerhouse reenactment of a 1985 ethics scandal that rocked the Japanese journalistic world. Pop star Yuya Uchida plays a TV entertainment reporter who is egged on by his bosses to "pump up" his telecasts. He gets his opportunity when a prominent investment manager, caught in the middle of a fraudulent gold investment scheme, locks himself in his lavish home. While Uchida and the other reporters try to gain entrance, two disreputable-looking gentlemen, announcing that they've been paid to assassinate the crooked investor, walk into the home unmolested--then walk out a few moments later, soaked in blood. No one lifts a finger to stop the two hit men from leaving....and it sure makes a swell TV story. Astonishingly, many of the characters in Comic Magazine--reporters, investors, even a pair of Yakuza mobsters-are the genuine article. Voyeuristic to the nth degree, Comic Magazine was highly praised when it was first released in Japan under the title Komikku Zasshi Nanka Irani.




telejournalist, celebrity, ethics, Japan, scandal, fraud, murder-for-hire, tabloid, television