Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 2, 1992 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Jack Elliott (Tom Selleck) is a New York Yankee sold to the Chunichi, Japan Dragons. In the twilight of his career he is the victim of a new rookie who replaces him.
In Japan, Jack becomes a typical ugly American. He insults the ethics, rules and traditions of the Japanese players, particularly his new manager Uchiyama (Ken Takakura). Too much of the film is wasted on Jack's insults and general childish antics as an antisocial jock. He argues balls and strikes and when hit by the opposing pitcher he tears out to the mound swinging without listening to his teammates, who tell him it was an errant pitch because the pitcher tipped his hat in an apologetic motion.
Jack's disregard for his new teammates and Japan nearly cause him to lose his contract and the manager his job. Only after suspension does he begin a friendship with Uchiyama and mutual respect grows between Jack and the other members of the team. As one would expect, all turns out well and the final scenes during the last game for the championship against the Tokyo Giants are exciting. It's O.K. but nothing special.