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(1986)

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According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Toyota later used the film as an example of how not to manage Americans.
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The park scene was filmed in Beaver, Pennsylvania. The film crew built the gazebo especially for the film, and left it as a gift to the city.
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The make and models of the cars manufactured at the motor corporation in the film are 1983 Fiat Regatas ('Assan' 1a serie [149]) and 1986 Fiat Spazios ('Assan' [147]).
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Stevie Ray Vaughan provides guitar work in this film, which is part of the original music. His brother, Jimmy Vaughan, plays guitar on "Tuff Enuff" which is one of the most prominent songs in the film.
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Though the car manufacturer in the movie is a Japanese corporation, "Gung Ho" is an Americanized Chinese expression. "Gung" translates as "Work" or "To Work", and "Ho" means "Together" or "Harmony", reflecting the film's Eastern "team work" ethic portrayed in the movie's storyline. "Gung Ho" was also the motto of the U.S. 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, and was then the title of its related black-and-white World War II movie, 'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders (1943).
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Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy turned down the lead role.
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The name of the Japanese car manufacturer, "The Assan Motor Company", is a play on Japanese car company Nissan Motors. Assan is based in Tokyo, and Nissan is based in Yokohama, next to Tokyo.
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Director Ron Howard, Michael Keaton, and Screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel collaborated on Night Shift (1982).
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Mimi Rogers's second film role, and her big break.
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Several actors from this movie went on to work on the Gung Ho (1986) television series. These included Sab Shimono, Patti Yasutake, Rodney Kageyama, Clint Howard, and Gedde Watanabe.
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Grocery store scene "clean up aisle 3" was similar to a scene in Mr. Mom, also starring Michael Keaton.
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Despite the use of popular songs "Tough Enough" from The Fabulous Thunderbirds and "Don't Get Me Wrong" from The Pretenders, no soundtrack was released.
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For its Australian release, the title was changed to "Working Class Man", the title of a very well-known Australian rock song sung by Jimmy Barnes. The tune plays at the end of the movie and right through the closing credits. The song first appeared on Barnes' 1985 album "For the Working Class Man".
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Assan Motors caps appeared in Columbo (1971) season nine, episode six, "Murder in Malibu".
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Ron Howard's first film shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
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This is the second Hollywood movie with the title "Gung Ho". The first was 'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders (1943).
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Michael Keaton is seen eating McDonald's in Japan during his trip, in the beginning of the film, after not wanting to try traditional Japanese food. Michael Keaton portrayed McDonald's founder Ray Croc in The Founder (2016).
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According to "Halliwells", the picture's storyline was "drawn from real-life".
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One of two 1986 movies starring Michael Keaton. The other being Touch and Go (1986).
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As of 2012, this movie is the only film Ron Howard has directed for Paramount Pictures.
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Generally considered extremely racist and bigoted against Japanese and American workers, respectively.
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The number of cars that the plant needed to produce within a month as part of the deal between management and the workers was fifteen thousand.
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Star Billing: Michael Keaton (first) and Gedde Watanabe (second).
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