Downtown Rocket

The Goggler Podcast #557: Downtown Rocket

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Today, on The Goggler Podcast, Bahir and Uma watch and review Downtown Rocket, a moving human drama about diligent, hard-working people chasing big dreams.

Downton Rocket is now streaming as part of the Japanese Film Festival Online 2024. Click here to register and watch it, for free, and from the comfort of your own home.

Kohei Tsukuda worked as a researcher at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. He now runs a family-owned factory that manufactures small engines. Kohei attempts to develop a rocket engine, which is a lifelong dream for him, but it causes his factory to suffer. One day, an important client stops ordering from Kohei’s company. He tries to borrow money from the bank, but the bank declines his loan application. To make matters worse, a rival factory sues Kohei’s company for patent infringement. Kohei and his employees face a dire situation. At this time, a large company offers a deal to Kohei. The company wants to buy their patent for 2 billion yen. Kohei must decide whether to sell the company’s patent or follow his dream.

Downtown Rocket was directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa and stars Hiroshi Abe, Ken Yasuda, Soko Wada, Tao Tsuchiya, Hiroki Konno, Tomoya Nakamura, Miki Maya, and Dansyun Tatekawa.

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