Tokyo Joe

Tokyo Joe

DVD - 2004
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A war hero/nightclub owner returns to Tokyo and becomes ensnared in blackmail and smuggling while searching for his missing wife and daughter.


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Apr 13, 2019

Dear Akirakato: In honor of my most favorite male relative, I bow low to your superior opinion. As a WW II G.I., he fell in love with Japan, spoke fluent Japanese, and was a God-sent for family friend Yoshiko Carpenter - much to the annoyance of his wife who didn't like 'being upstaged'. I would say the most polite 'thank you very much' but I do not know how to correctly phonetically spell it. Instead, envision me bowing very low and deep.

Nov 01, 2016

Bogart is Bogart, but the story, script and supporting cast are second rate, except for Sessue Hayakawa who was a legendary Japanese actor. Hayakawa rivaled Chaplin in the silent movie era and had a flamboyant private life. Hayakawa was later in the Bridge on the River Kwai movie. This is one of the few Hayakawa movies that have survived.

Jul 08, 2016

This is a 1949 Film Noir directed by Stuart Heisler, based on a story by Steve Fisher.
Although it looks like a semi-documentary due to the extensive use of footage shot in Japan, a second photographic unit was dispatched by Columbia to Tokyo to collect exterior scene shots.
In any case, the footage shows the real 1949 Yokyo, where some pathetic poverty-stricken Japanese fight for a cigarette butt when Joe (Humphrey Bogart) throws it away on the street.
The juxtaposition of the footage is somewhat jarring because most of the filming took place on the Columbia Pictures studio lot, not on location in Tokyo.
Naturally, most of the Japanese actors in the film speak Japanese awkwardly.
They were NOT brought up in Japan.
I can tell because I'm a genuine Japanese.
The house where Joe's ex lives is not of a Japanese style at all.
Apparently, it was built at the studio lot according to the American standard at the time.
Compared to "Casablanca", this movie appears like a flop.


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