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- Movie: Hero Interview
- Japanese: ヒーローインタビュー
- Director: Michio Mitsuno
- Writer: Shinji Nojima, Junya Yamazaki
- Producer: Hisao Masuda, Toru Ota, Kanjiro Sakura
- Cinematography: Yukio Yada
- Release Date: September 3, 1994
- Runtime: 106 min
- Studio: Fuji TV
- Distributor: Toho
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Kasumi Sawaki (Honami Suzuki) works for a top-ranked newspaper publishing company as a capable economic reporter. Speaking six languages fluently, she vigorously performs research and interviews. Her fiance, Ishii (Shingo Tsurumi) is an elite in the same company. Although her work and love seem to go very well, she is suddenly relegated to the minor Sports Department which is full of strange colleagues.
There she is assigned to be in charge of Professional Baseball which she hardly knows. Then she goes to the baseball game for the interview with her partner Hoshino (Issei Ishida), who eats chocolate bread all the time, but the outcome is so upsetting.
When she is depressed, Kasumi encounters Jinta Todoroki (Hiroyuki Sanada), a professional baseball player of the Yakult Swallows. Although she gets a scoop of him, it turns out to be his joke. And she is made a fool of by her colleagues.
Kasumi comes across Jinta again at the ground for the farm team, who is ordered to join the farm team because he ignored the instruction of the manager, Kajiwara (Tetsuya Takeda) at the game. And she blames him. Kasumi also meets Jinta's only 11-year-old daughter Tamako, who was born between his ex-wife, and comes to know that Jinta was once a great powerful hitter and all round player, having strong motto "Do an exciting play by expecting 1% chance that makes crowd go wild.". Kasumi also finds out that one accident caused him to put himself in a position of pinch runner for these three years. She feels sympathy for him.
Being over 30 years old, he almost loses his vitality and confidence and even talks about retirement. If he retires, the promise that he will present a home run to Tamako once more someday would not be fulfilled. Kasumi tries to cheer him up saying "You will be able to him a home run once more by expecting 1% chance!". Though Jinta's character it contrary to one of Ishii, Kasumi gradually becomes to like him. At about the same time, Ishii is told to be transferred to the branch office in Paris. He asks her to go to Paris together and marry......
On the other hand, Jinta who was encouraged by Kasumi, decided to challenge to the regular position again believing in his possibility. To get his lost pride back again and to let her accept his love, he goes to hard training for all his worth. Finally, Jinta manages to become again a member of the first team and participates in the most important game for the championship on the very day of Kasumi's leaving for Paris. Would Jinta be hero again? How will their love turn our?......
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