Popular jazz drummer and actor Frankie Sakai stars in this comic version of the “industrial competition” genre: two tourism companies compete for foreign clients in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Highlighting the coming internationalization of Japan, the film dramatizes the felt tensions between tradition and modernity, the pressures of the “economic animal” lifestyle, and the energy of high economic growth. The closest Japanese cinema ever came to the full-blown Broadway style musical, with singing and dancing on the streets of Tokyo, music by avant-garde composer and jazzman Toshiro Mayuzumi, lyrics by renowned poet Shuntaro Tanikawa.
Director: Eizô Sugawa (as Eizo Sugawa). AKA You Can Succeed, Too / 君も出世ができる
Stars: Ichirô Arishima, Arihiro Fujimura, Mie Hama, Jerry Itô, Kiiton Masuda, Yôyô Miyata, Mie Nakao, Ichirô Namiki, Ernest Richter, Marjorie Richter, Furankî Sakai, Ikio Sawamura, Hiroshi Tachihara, Tadao Takashima, Izumi Yukimura, Hitoshi Ueki.
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