Ritoru champion (1981)


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In 1964 Miki came to LA with only a suitcase, hoping to become the world's best marathon runner. She meets Mike and they start running together. But for Mike it isn't just a game. The movie is based on her own story.


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14 July 2000 | msp1518-2
| True story of Japanese immigrant who becomes female marathon champion
This is a corny, melodramatic, low budget movie that manages to entertain against all odds. Much of this is due to the inherently moving aspects of the story and Yoko Shimada's heartfelt performance. She won this role after her amazing performance in the mini-series SHOGUN. Her co-star, Chris Mitchum, is far less impressive and to be honest, he actually creeped me out. The supporting cast is fine and the running sequences are OK, but good grief, what's with the sappy (and dated) music score and overly simplistic camera setups? Thank God Miss Shimada looks good covered in sweat. I'd run after her any day. Look out for the hysterical scene involving the misuderstanding of what "Moving in" means.

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17 May 1981


English, Japanese

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