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Director  Yasuzo Masumura
Duration  
Country  Japan
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Language  Japanese
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Writer  Ken Kaiko, Yoshio Shirasaka
Release date  22 June 1958 (1958-06-22)
Cast  Hiroshi Kawaguchi (Yousuke Nishi), Hitomi Nozoe (Kyoko Shima), Yûnosuke Itô (Junji), Michiko Ono (Masami Kurahashi), Kyû Sazanka (Takakura Higashi), Kinzô Shin (Kohei)
Produced by  Hiroaki Fujii, Hideo Nagata
Genres  Comedy, Satire, Japanese Movies, Parody, World cinema
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Giants and Toys (巨人と玩具, Kyojin to gangu) is a 1958 Japanese comedy film directed by Yasuzo Masumura and starring Hiroshi Kawaguchi. It portrays the increasingly frenzied efforts of the World candy company to compete with the rival Giant and Apollo companies over caramel sales. World (under the leadership of the Machiavellian Mr Goda) "discovers" a tomboy girl with bad teeth to be the center of their promotional campaign, involving colorful space suits and ray guns. It turns out that as she becomes famous that she's less and less inclined to go along with World's plans for her.

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The film satirizes the instant manufacture of media stars, the decline of a gentlemanly business ethos (or the tradition of bushido) and rise of a culture of ruthless corporate skulduggery, and the emphasis on work at the expense of personal life and health—Mr Goda's health has been so ruined by his diet of pep pills and tranquilizers by the end of the film that he is regularly coughing up blood.

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Cast

  • Hiroshi Kawaguchi as Yousuke Nishi
  • Hitomi Nozoe as Kyoko Shima
  • Yûnosuke Itô as Junji
  • Michiko Ono as Masami Kurahashi (as Toshiko Hasegawa)
  • Kyu Sazanka as Takakura Higashi
  • Kinzo Shin as Kohei
  • Hideo Takamatsu as Ryuji
  • Production

    Giants and Toys was a story written by Takeshi Kaikō. After Kaikō won the Akutagawa Prize in 1957 (for his novel The Naked King), Daiei Film bought the rights to Giants and Toys. The book was an entry in the "business novel" (経済小説, keizai shōsetsu) genre, which satirizes Japanese workers' devotion to their corporations.

    References

    Giants and Toys Wikipedia
    Giants and Toys IMDb Giants and Toys themoviedb.org


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