Magazine article New Internationalist

The Most Terrible Time in My Life

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Most Terrible Time in My Life

Article excerpt

A man scuttles into a cinema where the Hollywood classic melodrama The Best Years of Our Lives is playing. But he has no intention of going to the film. His custom is with private eye Maiku (Mike) Hamma who runs his business in an office next door to the cinema's rattling projection booth. A sly homage to the hard - boiled detective genre of Mickey Spillane or Raymond Chandler, this film takes the format and runs with it.

But Hamma is far from the bruised hero of his namesake, Hammer. For starters he's fresh - faced and young enough to remember playing cops and robbers, while he patrols the mean streets of Yokohama so that he can save up to send his kid sister to college. Plus it's rather hard to exude cool machismo when said sister is inclined to put him in his place with a playful whack or two. …

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