Gung Ho is a comedy that was released in 1986. It is based in western Pennsylvania. The
main storyline was that an American automobile plant is taken over by the Assan Motors
Company, a Japanese auto manufacturer. The star actor was Micheal Keaton. It was directed by
Ron Howard. It appears the film really points out how much better Japanese cars were being
made in comparison to American made cars. Hunt Stevenson invited the Japanese to put his
town back to work. This makes everything fall onto his shoulders for the success that comes out
of this. Stevenson isn’t impress at how “good Japanese business men are.” Obviously, these are
two entirely different cultures and Hunt oversees trying to merge these differences and make
these clashing cultures work together. They both had the same goal of reviving Assan Motors.
One culture seeks structure (The Chinese) and the Americans are extremely understructure.
The softball game illustrated just that. The Chinese showed up all decked out in their matching
uniforms, all tidy and orderly. Once the Japanese arrived on scene, all the managers try to
implement new guidelines and reconstruct the assembly line. The Japanese seem to focus on
long term devotion to their traditional values. The scene from the assembly line (where the
Japanese manager and the American that’s painting the underbody of the frame) displays that
the Japanese want the employees to learn and apply new skills. They also want them to be able
to perform more than one task at a time. While in their homeland, this is what the Japanese are
Gung Ho is a Chinese expression that is used to mean “work together”. There is quite
the unique display or perspective on leader versus manager views. This movie has shown that
motivation, respect and appreciation for employee and manager can help transform a failing
plant into a thriving business operation.
Neutral vs. motional is one of the many dimensions included in Trompenaars’ model
that tends to directly influence the working relationships displayed between the American and
Japanese workers. In the Japanese culture, emotions are not usually openly expressed and
therefore, they don’t play the same role in their culture as far as communication goes like
American cultures plays. Yet, on the other hand, one could easily say that American culture is
emotional. It is important to understand differences in culture when conducting business to
decipher behavior appropriately. For illustration, when Hunt Stevenson voyaged to Japan in
expectations of coaxing them to revive the factory, his deficiency of cultural mindfulness leads
him to conclude they were not concerned because they presented little to no emotion.
America is a low-context nation and depends on verbal and printed words to bear
meaning, while Japan is a high-context culture. This enlightens us as to why Hunt was upset
that the Japanese were quiet after his business offer. The variance between high and low
framework styles is also exemplified when Hunt and his wife Audrey link up with the Japanese
administrators and their wives for dinner. The Japanese womenfolk excuse themselves from
the dinner when the men want to debate professional business, even though they are not even
asked to leave.
Audrey is ignorant to the fact that the men sought her to leave and asked if anybody
had a problem if she stayed. Meanwhile, there was no reply to her inquiry, she presumed that
they didn’t mind. This mistake exposes how low-context communication styles vary from high-
context styles. Cultural stereotyping and overstating cultural modifications in cinema or other
forms of mass media can negatively affect individuals’ understanding of culture. This is
particularly factual for persons that do not exploration of other cultures and don’t educate
themselves about diversity.
Trusting solely on mass media for ethnic sympathy can root people to be less tolerant of
other cultures, form biases, or cause discrimination. Though, to contrast the variances amongst
American and Japanese culture, the movie Gung Ho trusted deeply on cultural labeling. By
embellishing cultural differences to the max, Gung Ho demonstrated itself to be more amusing