New York Yankee's slugger/first basemen Jack Elliot (Tom Selleck) is in a slump. The year before he was "The Man". Well they had enough and he was off to Japan. He was to play for the Dragons of the Japanese Central Baseball League.
When he arrived to play he was not liked at first. He kind of rubbed people the wrong way. The Japanese are sticklers for respect and protocol. Jack was not on his best behavior. He didn't want to be there but he wanted to play baseball. The manager Uchiyama (Ken Takakura) and Jack didn't see eye to eye. They had to talk through an interpreter. Jack was given a PR agent Hiroko Uchiyama (Aya Takanashi) who was to help him get acclimated to Japanese ways and any commercials they wanted to use him in. Jack would have another American Max Dubois (Dennis Haysbert) that he was able to complain to about the team. Jack was being a royal pain in the butt to everyone.
A problem arose in that Jack was falling for Hiroko. He just didn't know it yet. When he did is when he found out who her father was. Hiroko's father was the coach, the chief.
Hiroko knew that Jack was in a slump. The whole country of Japan knew it. Hiroko knew that if she could get her father and Jack together away from the ballpark. That the two would talk and iron out there differences. She also knew that her father could help Jack and his hitting.
Hiroko is the catalyst in this movie. She is the one that brings all parties together for the common good. Director Fred Schepisi puts together a lovely film. He is able to bring both worlds and explain some of the differences between the two. He is able to enlighten us in the art of baseball Japanese style. This is a great family movie. So take a moment one day and give this a watch and enjoy a good movie.