Get Up!(ゲロッパ!,Geroppa!) is a 2003 comedy film written and directed by Kazuyuki Izutsu, starring Toshiyuki Nishida. It is about a James Brown-obsessed gangster's last day of freedom before he starts a 5-year prison term.
Hanemura is the head of a yakuza clan enjoying his last taste of freedom before starting a prison sentence. He tells the members of his 'family' to disband the clan and go straight. However, his clan 'brother' believes the clan can be saved if they arrange for James Brown to give Hanemura a private performance before he enters prison.
The gang mistakenly kidnaps an American James Brown impersonator, who is himself being hunted by aides of the Japanese Prime Minister, who want to recover incriminating materials that he unwittingly brought into the country.
Meanwhile, Hanemura is using his last day of freedom to track down the daughter he hasn't seen for 25 years.
These plots get entangled when it emerges that his daughter runs the talent agency that had brought the James Brown impersonator to Japan in the first place.
After many complications, father and daughter are reunited, Hanemura saves his daughter's company by performing a James Brown routine and his prison sentence is quashed.
Toshiyuki Nishida as Hanemura, the Yakuza boss
Takako Tokiwa as Kaori
Taro Yamamoto as Taro
Ittoku Kishibe as Kaneyama
Kenta Kiritani as Haruhiko
Kohei Yoshida as Kenji
Keiji Nagatsuka as Okabe
Willie Raynor as James Brown impersonator
Adeyto as Marilyn Monroe impersonator
The Japanese title "Geroppa!" is the Japanese transliteration of the lyric "Get up!" from the James Brown song "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine". Mixing slapstick, soul music and tearjerking elements, the plot involves a kidnapped James Brown impersonator, a plot to discredit the Japanese Prime Minister, an adulterous hotel manager, and a daughter who hasn't seen her father for 25 years.
The film screened at the Busan International Film Festival in October 5, 2003.
Toshiyuki Nishida was nominated for the Best Actor award at the 2004 Japanese Academy Awards for his performance as the head of a yakuza clan.