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Cast Me If You Can

Tôru Masuoka    DVD

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and poignant Dec 9 2011
By Tokyo Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Its a love story wrapped up in comedy. A series of pratfalls involving the lead who stumbles through his own life, overshadowed by a famous dad. In the film he aspires to act, and seems to have landed the ideal role, but then gets mistaken for a man having an affair with a politician's wife. On the train he meets a woman, and hopes for romance, but unlike his father, he is nervous and inexperienced around women so needs all the coaching he can get. Watched it in Tokyo and can vouch for it being bi-culturally funny. No ez task. The protagonist has that sad sack appeal that worked so well for Woody Allen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We loved this comedy... Dec 5 2011
By jonathan robbins - Published on Amazon.com
Caught this one in New York and it is a whole lot of fun. Here's the plot summary in a nutshell: A TV actor falls in love with a pretty young woman, but his awkwardness and bad luck threaten to ruin the romance. He is always being mistaken for someone else, and gets caught up in all kinds of trouble. Cast Me If You Can is as touching as it is outrageously funny. Also, how often do we get to see Japanese comedy that also works in English? It's tough to pull off but this special film does it. A triumph that appeals to people of all ages!
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese movie March 4 2012
By Michelle F. Bertrand - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun comedy movie that surprises you by having traditional leading role actors play supporting roles and supporting actors in leading roles. Highly recommend. I laughed out loud throughout!
3.0 out of 5 stars Something borrowed, nothing new. Feb. 8 2012
By T. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Cast Me If You Can, (Wakiyaku Monogatari), is a Japanese romantic comedy released in 2010. Directed by Atsushi Ogata, it tells the story of Hiroshi, (Toru Masuoka), a struggling actor waiting for his big break. The film follows his misfortunes, meanderings, and eventual love-collision with Aya, (Hiromi Nagasaku), a fellow star-seeking thespian.

My wife and I, optimistically attracted to the DVD's cover art, picked this film up on a hopeful whim. Something about the design read quirky and we were sold. Now, after watching, I'd not argue that it that description down completely but I'd also not accuse the film of making any major cinematic strides. Sans the obvious language difference, it was boiled down to just one more romantic comedy that leaned heavily on the style we're constantly blasted with here in the States. Thus, if you're expecting some special variable in the genre because it was shot out of the Japanese cannon, you may end up disappointed. Everything from the pop-classical soundtrack, (a constant), to the disjointed and awkward, "getting to know her" section reeked of the tried-and-true template that is Romantic Comedy. And I wanted more.

That being said, however, there are some redeeming qualities found in the individual performances. Catch Me If You Can is well acted:

The relationship between Hiroshi and his father Kenta, (Masahiko Tsugawa), was warm, realistic, and at times pleasantly funny.

Likewise, the interactions between Hiroshi and Aya were well scripted and enhanced greatly by the all-absorbing cuteness of Hiromi Nagasaku. The woman is adorable but sharp and because of this I found her absolutely addictive. (Seemingly relevant side-note: my wife is from Japan and she was excited to see Nagasaku cast as a main - she's apparently admired in that country. I can see why.)

As far as the rest of the cast, I'll refrain from dragging this out with a detailed description of each, but all of the actors in supporting roles, (save the stiff American), were impressive, as well. An all around solid performance. This garnered some respect for the director and I'll be trying more of his films because of it.

With these pros and cons, it's difficult to decide if and to whom I'd recommend the movie. It can only come down to your expectations in the genre, I suppose. If you like goofy love stories and are happy with their predictable little orbit, you'll likely dig this, too.

Thank you for your time.

- t
5.0 out of 5 stars charming and funny Jan. 8 2012
By A. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
i just loved this movie, so funny and witty . . . atshushi ogata is the next woody allen! this movie is a must see.

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