Mr. Baseball ★★ 1992 (PG-13)
Washed-up American baseball player tries to revive his career by playing in Japan and experiences cultures clashing under the ballpark lights. Semi-charmer swings and misses often enough to warrant return to minors. Film drew controversy during production when Universal was bought by the Japanese Matsushita organization and claims of both Japan- and America-bashing were thrown about. 109m/C VHS, DVD . Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Toshi Shioya, Dennis Haysbert, Aya Takanashi; D: Fred Schepisi; W: Gary Ross, Kevin Wade, Monte Merrick; C: Ian Baker; M: Jerry Goldsmith.