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Goofball buddies on the road or on the run have long been a comedy staple in cinema, regardless of the country. Yaji and Kita, the bumbling heroes of Jippensha Ikku’s early 19th-century picaresque novel “Shank’s Mare,” have inspired many film versions. Among Hollywood examples are Harry and Lloyd — played by Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey, respectively — from the 1994 cult classic “Dumb and Dumber,” though it is hard to tell which was which.

“Two Outs Bases Loaded,” a vapid action comedy starring Mizui Itagaki and Alan Abe, the latter from the boy band 7Order, would seem to be in the same knockabout line. Scripted by Eiji Uchida and directed by Hirokazu Fujisawa, the film follows the numbskull misadventures of Ichi (Abe) and Hachi (Itagaki), two inseparable pals who were once stars of their high school baseball team but saw their dreams of triumph at a national tournament derailed due to a scandal.

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