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The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1993)

Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Masatoshi Nagase, Shiro Sano, more...
Director: Kaizo Hayashi, Kaizo Hayashi
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Japan, Neo Noir, Neo Noir
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Intrepid Japanese detective Maiku Hama is on the case in this adventure, the first of a three part comedy series. Like the Western detective character he is based on (Mike Hammer, get it?), Hama is suave, macho, and cold. Unlike his American counterpart, Hama is a total klutz. His attempts at machismo always fall flat. When he is on a case he spends more time getting beaten up than he does solving it. Hama works out of a projection booth in a Yokohama movie house. Before his clients can see him, the theater owners make them buy tickets. During his first on-screen case poor Hama must protect a Taiwanese waiter from an irate customer in a mah-jong parlor. He tries hard but ends up getting his finger cut off. He then must pry it from a dog's mouth so it can be reattached. Later the waiter hires him to locate his estranged brother. Hama takes the case and finds himself smack in the middle of a Japanese and Chinese mob war. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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the best years of cinema's lives by cammelltoe September 4, 2006 - 12:04 PM PDT
"The Most Terrible Time of My Life" is a film made by people in love with movies and there's a certain familiarity at work here; it plays like an american crime film from the '40's populated by thugs from japanese yakuza flicks from the '70's that moves with the effortless inventiveness and cool of french new wave of the '60's. Happily, these are all great elements and, even better, "The most terrible time of my life" pulls it off, thanks in no small part to a knockout lead performance from masatoshi nagase as maiku hama. Enjoy.

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