A yakuza looks for redemption and his gang searches for soulmeister James Brown in “Get Up!”, a slight comedy that spasmodically rises to the occasion. Pic by helmer Kazuyuki Izutsu, who hit B.O. gold in 1999 with “Nodojiman” (about a singing competish), has garnered a chipper $5.6 million since opening in mid-August but is unlikely to travel far beyond Nippon. However, remake chances could be promising, with a cast of the caliber of Robert De Niro, Sandra Bullock and Danny Glover.
Following a violent shoot-out that’s the film’s solitary bullet-fest, the wife of yakuza Habara (Toshiyuki Nishida) runs off with their daughter, Kaori. Twenty-five years later, the feisty Kaori (Takako Tokiwa) is managing celeb impersonators when papa-san is set to do a five-year stretch. To cheer up Habara, his incompetent hoods decide to kidnap his hero –James Brown. But they abduct a JB impersonator (Willie Raynor) from Kaori’s troupe instead, putting estranged father and daughter on a collision course. Broad perfs provide diminishing returns and Tokiwa lacks charm as the moody Kaori. Other tech credits are adequate and soundtrack’s use of soul classics helps pass the time.