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Happy Flight

General info
Original title: Happy Flight (ハッピーフライト)
Country: Japan
Year: 2008
Genre: Comedy
IMDB Rating: 6.7 136 votes
Plot: A co-pilot Kazuhiro is getting close to get captain's stripes, but his luck is out. He just crashed and burned on a simulated flight test, and his friendly good-natured examiner was replaced with the principle tough-as-nails captain Harada. Cabin attendant Etsuko also have a bad luck - she is flying her first international flight under the stern gaze of dragon-lady chief purser Reiko Yamazaki, so she is trying hard to not mess up.
Back on the ground, Natsumi is fed up with her job working on the check-in counter, operation room director Takahashi is still getting to grips with the fangled computer system. It looks like the tide has turned against the whole aircompany. Mechanics, dispatchers, controllers, and even the bird patrol crew are all striving hard to make the flight happy.
  • Happy Flight was officially sponsored by All Nippon Airways (ANA).

  • Director Shinobu Yaguchi ('Waterboys', 'Swing Girls') spent nearly two years researching the airline industry.
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 103

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Tags: Happy Flight, Happy Flight, 2008, Japanese movies, Comedy movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Happy Flight
(overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 based on 4 reviews)
Twitch, by James Hadfield source: http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2008/12/happy-flight-review.php
«Happy Flight just feels like a film with a lot of characters. Nice characters, yes, but a bit more dramatic interest wouldn't have gone amiss. ... More damagingly, it's just not very funny. I watched Happy Flight in a reasonably full cinema and counted less than a dozen big laughs during the whole thing. The rest of it is breezy and agreeable enough, but for a comedy it's worryingly short on gags.»
movieXclusive.com, by Richard Lim Jr - 4/5 source: http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/happyflight/happyflight.html
«A first class lighthearted comedy about the airline industry»
The Japan Times Online, by MARK SCHILLING - 3/5 source: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ff20081114a4.html
«Yaguchi, who spent nearly two years researching the airline industry, tells the story with a level of realistic detail that would make portions of the film an excellent training video, from mastering correct takeoff procedures to dealing with an abusive passenger by doubling up as psychologist and servant. »
LoveHKfilm, by Kozo source: http://www.lovehkfilm.com/panasia/happy_flight.html
«Unfortunately, that onscreen/offscreen synergy ultimately contributes to Happy Flight's lack of tension. ... The feel-good formula here is obvious and winning, but in Happy Flight the notion that it's all going to end well is magnified to a narrative-killing degree because of the very scale of the subject matter.»
Variety, by DEREK ELLEY source: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117938999.html?categoryid=31&cs=1
«Good-looking crowdpleaser should clock up plenty of air miles on local release Nov. 15, plus warm biz in territories where Yaguchi's "Waterboys" and "Swing Girls" scored.»
A Nutshell Review, by Stefan S source: http://anutshellreview.blogspot.com/2009/11/happy-flight.html
«Opening with an inflight safety video, I like the film enough to rank it one of my favourites of this year, for being that perfect balance between comedy, drama, and that valuable look into what makes aviation tick. Highly recommended»
eFilmCritic, by Jay Seaver - 4/5 source: http://efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=19799&reviewer=371
«"Happy Flight" is an eventful day in the life of its subjects, to be sure, but it points out how you can make an entertaining film from an interesting topic without a bunch of soap opera.»

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Yaguchi, ShinobuYAGUCHI Shinobu
Altamira Pictures Inc.
Fuji TVFuji TV


Tanabe, SeiichiTANABE Seiichi
as Kazuhiro Suzuki
Ayase, HarukaAYASE Haruka
as Etsuko Saito
Tokitô, SaburôTOKITÔ Saburô
as Noriyoshi Harada
Fukiishi, KazueFUKIISHI Kazue
as Mari Tanaka
Tabata, TomokoTABATA Tomoko
as Natsumi Kimura
Terajima, ShinobuTERAJIMA Shinobu
as Reiko Yamazaki
Kishibe, IttokuKISHIBE Ittoku
as Shoji Takahashi
Sasano, TakashiSASANO Takashi
as Passenger
as Bird Patrol
Tanaka, TetsushiTANAKA Tetsushi
Eguchi, NorikoEGUCHI Noriko
as Air-traffic Controller
Emoto, AkiraEMOTO Akira
as Etsuko's father
Hasegawa, TomoharuHASEGAWA Tomoharu
Fujimoto, ShizukaFUJIMOTO Shizuka
as Passenger
Hijii, MikaHIJII Mika
Hiraiwa, KamiHIRAIWA Kami
Ito, AikoITO Aiko
as Air-traffic Controller
Kashiro, KihoKASHIRO Kiho
Kino, HanaKINO Hana
as Etsuko's mother
Kohinata, FumiyoKOHINATA Fumiyo
as Captain
Masana, BokuzoMASANA Bokuzo
as Passenger
Miyata, SanaeMIYATA Sanae
as Air-traffic Controller
Morioka, RyûMORIOKA Ryû
Morishita, YoshiyukiMORISHITA Yoshiyuki
as Magazine Reporter
Nakamura, YasuhiNAKAMURA Yasuhi
Sugawara, DaikichiSUGAWARA Daikichi
as Passenger
Takenaka, NaotoTAKENAKA Naoto
as Passenger
Tayama, RyouseiTAYAMA Ryousei

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