Kazuki Omori directs this wacky screwball comedy about injured pride and high-strung mobsters. Stockbroker turned yakuza Shoichi Yoshinari (Hiroyuki Sanada) has been presented with a thankless task. He is to invite an <I>oyabun</I> (mob don) of an associated gang to emcee a succession ceremony -- the passing of the baton from the older to the younger generation. Shoichi's assignment is tough because the <I>oyabun</I> (Ken Ogata) is the clan's second choice, after the wizened top choice fell ill. Pride is terribly important in the hermetic world of the yakuza, and asking a godfather to play second banana is asking a lot. Thankfully, the <I>oyabun</I> seems like an affable sort. Unfortunately, Shoichi realizes upon arriving at the <I>oyabun</I>'s rural estate that he hit on his knockout of a wife (Yuko Kotegawa) while on the road. Things get worse when the first choice makes a sudden recovery and Shoichi is faced with the tickling task of informing the <I>oyabun</I> that his services are not needed. Humiliated, the <I>oyabun</I> goes on a bender, and then proceeds to crash a funeral thinking it's the succession ceremony. When the first choice speaker keels over, Shoichi is faced with the near impossible assignment of asking the drunk, irate, and embarrassed <I>oyabun</I> to speak once again.
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