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The Magic Hour

The Magic Hour (ザ・マジックアワー, Za Majikku Awa), is a 2008 Japanese film directed by Kōki Mitani. It was released in Japan by Oho Co., Ltd. on June 7, 2008.

The Magic Hour poster

“The Magic Hour” poster

Basic information

Original title (Japanese): ザ・マジックアワー
Phonetic title: Za Majikku Awa
English title: The Magic Hour
Other title: Magiczna Godzina
Language: Japanese
Country: JP Japan
Runtime: 136 minutes
Genre: Comedy film
Director: Kōki Mitani
Scriptwriter: Kōki Mitani
Production company: Cine Bazar, Fuji Television Network
Distribution company: Toho
Release date: June 7, 2008


When a low-level gangster (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is caught having an affair with his boss's wife (Eri Fukatsu), he pleads for his life by promising his boss (Toshiyuki Nishida) that he will recruit a famous hitman. When it quickly becomes apparent that he is never going to find the wanted hitman, he hires an actor (Kōichi Satō) to fill the role.

For much of the movie, the actor playing the hitman believes that he has been hired to play a part in a seemingly arcane gangster movie, and interacts with the other gangsters as though they are also hired actors. At times, this puts his employer (Satoshi Tsumabuki) in a precarious position.

Some scenes in The Magic Hour - 1

Some scenes in The Magic Hour - 2

Some scenes in The Magic Hour - 3

Some scenes in “The Magic Hour”



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