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Mr Baseball
Mr Baseball
Actors: Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi, Dennis Haysbert, Toshi Shioya
Director: Fred Schepisi
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sports
PG-13     2001     1hr 48min


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Actors: Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi, Dennis Haysbert, Toshi Shioya
Director: Fred Schepisi
Creators: Ariel Levy, Doug Claybourne, Gary Ross, John Junkerman, Kevin Wade, Monte Merrick, Theo Pelletier
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sports
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Baseball
Studio: Good Times Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 05/15/2001
Original Release Date: 10/02/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 10/02/1992
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. (Shar) from HIALEAH, FL
Reviewed on 3/27/2022...
Tom Selleck shines in this comedy about a major league baseball player who is traded to a Japanese team. When the two nationalities collide, the fun begins. A really cute movie.

Movie Reviews

Captures Japanese life and Baseball incredibly accurately!
Shashank Tripathi | Gadabout | 05/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For one thing, this movie pivoted on the theme of baseball is a world better than the Madonna/Davis starring "A league of their own" or the more recent travesties like "A field of dreams". For another, the schism between American and Japanese ideologies/way of life is just so truly captured that it is difficult to believe this movie is not the de-facto recommendation for people interested in Japan. Guess it missed out on the major league scene because, well, quite literally it is not about US major leagues? A US baseball star (Selleck) is traded to a Japanese baseball team and finds himself at intellectual loggerheads with the extant coach of the team. This, plus a slight romantic sub-plot as he falls in love with the coach's daughter. Barring some minor cheesy moments -- e.g., when the coach takes Selleck to a golf driving range and makes him hit the balls with a baseball bat, only to hear "I want to hit balls" instead of "I want to hit baseballs"...hmm -- the accuracy of Japanese life is truly stunning. Including, eating ramen with vociferous slurps, digging chopsticks vertically in rice bowls being a no-no, the language used to communicate between the American/Japanese, even a scene with a real on-sen. A refreshing break after stereotype galore seen in movies of that time, including the entertaining "Black Rain" or the absolutely goofball "Rising Sun". To cut to the chase, this is an under-rated gem of a movie, very well shot, some messages about life and profession as seen from two very different perspectives that are likely to resonate with either side. Selleck takes the cake with his acting, baring his tush (literally, I may add) to portray a grouchy American, snubbing people relentlessly and throwing tantrums in public, then letting us inside this character to understand his views. Takakura Ken, needless to say, is fascinating as usual. A must watch if you are interested in Japan, or baseball, or a good light-hearted cross cultural take on life and sport."
Heartwarming drama hiding behind a light sports comedy
David B. Spalding | Chromejob-dot-com | 01/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"MR. BASEBALL is a film of paradoxes. Written and filmed as a "light, sports comedy" it truly has a heartwarming core as human and universal as some of Capra's finest. At the plot level, you have the paradox of baseball, a fine old American game, as it is played in Japan - turned around, with American values cast off and Japanese values imprinted upon the game. (Some of the superficial "sports comedy" results from Jack's uncomprehending disbelief at how "basa-boru" is played in Japan.) You also have a lead character who's presented as an over-the-hill, aging baseball star, but who is actually quite immature - pro ball allowed him to postpone growing up. And you have a lead character who is rudely resistant to the changes in his life that are being forced upon him, refusing to accept the curveball that life has given him, in the midst of a new country, a new manager, a new team, and a new girlfriend, who have all welcomed him and try to accept him. Sound like heavy stuff? Not really. It's a charming "clash of cultures" comedy that takes place on the national, sports, romantic, and professional levels. But if you watch it sensitively enough, you will also find a great story about a man who has to abandon his immaturity and grow up way too late in life (causing some amount of personal pain), and finds success in places he never expected it. I love the story, but I also have great respect for Selleck's performance; he bares his tush (literally) to portray an ugly American, insulting people and throwing tantrums in public, then lets us inside this character to understand his dismay. It also doesn't hurt if you're a big fan of Takakura Ken like I am. MR. BASEBALL is a surprising "loss of innocence" tale."
Mr. Baseball is a HOOT!
Gordon T. Ashlee | Misawa Air Base, Northern Japan | 04/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved this movie! It is so funny and yet so many of the situations in Japan are similar to my own experiences. If you've never been to Japan, you will still laugh at all the right places for the right reasons. If you've been to Japan, it will be that much funnier. The scene where Tom Selleck drags his interpreter into his apartment is great because a Japanese person would NEVER wear his shoes indoors, so the scene where this poor soul is being dragged into the room by his tie and trying to kick off his shoes is classic. Watch it, you won't be disappointed!"