Watch: Mr. Baseball 1992 123movies, Full Movie Online – Although a one-time MVP for the New York Yankees, Jack Elliott is now on the down side of his baseball career. His batting average is low and one of his few claims to fame is that during the previous year, he led the team in 9th inning doubles in the month of August. With an up and coming slugger ready to replace him, he learns that he’s been traded to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central baseball league. Elliott is set in his ways and quite inflexible, not only in accepting Japanese culture in general, but also with the way the baseball team is managed. When he meets his very pretty PR agent, Hiroko, he begins to gain a greater appreciation that he should accept his current situation. When he realizes her other connection to the team, his attitudes begin to change at an even greater pace.
Plot: Jack Elliot, a one-time MVP for the New York Yankees is now on the down side of his baseball career. With a falling batting average, does he have one good year left and can the manager of the Chunichi Dragons, a Japanese Central baseball league find it in him?
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|6.0/10 Votes: 11,643|
|12% | RottenTomatoes|
|N/A | MetaCritic|
|N/A Votes: 109 Popularity: 7.502 | TMDB|
Long Term Japan Residents Appreciate This Movie
Being both a baseball fan and a long term resident of Japan, I’m a bit biased in favor of this movie solely based on its subject matter.
That said, I was surprised to learn that this movie only has a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Putting my biases aside, this movie is nowhere near that bad. Its a formulaic early 90s fish out of water comedy drama and in that genre is no worse than others which score around say…..60%?
Granted, that is faint praise.
But when I add my biases into it, this movie really stands out as one of the best Hollywood movies set in contemporary Japan out there. Mainly this is thanks to the fact that they actually took the time to film it on location in Japan.
It forms the third panel of a tryptic of Hollywood films that stand out in that regard. Together they provide a realistic view of Japan’s three biggest metropolitan regions. Black Rain shows us Osaka. Lost in Translation shows us Tokyo. And Mr. Baseball shows us Nagoya.
Want to know what Japan actually looks like? Watch those three movies.
In contrast most other Hollywood movies that purport to be set in contemporary Japan are mainly or entirely shot on sets outside the country with just a few token location shots and this results in movies that look nothing like modern Japan. Wolverine has a few shots filmed on location but its really easy to spot when it switches to Australian locations made up to look like what people who have never been to Japan think Japan looks like. Kate, which purports to be set entirely in Japan, is even worse (the film-makers make urban Japan look more like Urban Thailand which makes sense since that is where it was filmed). Karate Kid 2 was shot in Hawaii and looks nothing like Okinawa. And don’t get me started on the recent Godzilla movie. Further examples abound.
Mr. Baseball is one of the best looking Hollywood films about Japan for that reason. It shows you both the exciting and mundane without dwelling too much on the former. While riding in a taxi at night, we see the neon signs and bustling nightlife of Nagoya passing in the background. Exciting. At the end of the taxi ride though, Tom Selleck gets introduced to his new apartment, which is a very typical, mundane Japanese mansion adorned with shoddy decor and furnishings that are also pretty typical. The mundane.
They even shoot the main love scene in a very cramped, mass produced shlocky looking early 90s bathroom. Which is just perfect because that is probably where most international relationships in the country are consummated. They could have gone with a stereotypical onsen scene with a bunch of Japanese-ey looking decor but they eschewed that in favor of realism. Love it.
Brilliant details like this that thrill us long termers are to be found everywhere in the background of every scene (except the small parts set in the US). The little red triangles that adorn windows in large buildings? Check. Rooms full of clutter because Japanese rooms and the furnishings therein are too small to handle the accumulation of objects that go along with modern industrialized life? Check. Panoramic shots that accurately reflect how unattractive Nagoya’s urban sprawl is? Check.
Of course, the highlight is the footage from the games themselves, which were shot in the actual stadium where the real Chunichi Dragons play (sadly mostly dismantled just a few years after this movie came out, they now play in a much less picturesque Dome). Those are just brilliant.
The movie’s poor ratings largely stem from its predictable, formulaic approach to the genre and flaws in Tom Selleck’s character – he is a bit too lacking in self-awareness to be either likable or fully believable. But don’t let those shortcomings keep you from it. This is a good movie that is worth watching.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Genre Comedy, Romance, Sport
Director Fred Schepisi
Writer Theo Pelletier, John Junkerman, Gary Ross
Actors Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi
Country United States, Japan
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Eastman 5384)