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Tokyo Joe (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | November 1949 (USA)
An American returns to Tokyo try to pick up threads of his pre-WW2 life there, but finds himself squeezed between criminals and the authorities.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Steve Fisher (story), Walter Doniger (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Joseph 'Joe' Barrett
Alexander Knox ... Mark Landis
Florence Marly ... Trina Pechinkov Landis
Sessue Hayakawa ... Baron Kimura
Jerome Courtland ... Danny
Gordon Jones ... Idaho
Teru Shimada ... Ito
Hideo Mori Hideo Mori ... Kanda
Charles Meredith ... Gen. Ireton
Rhys Williams ... Col. Dahlgren
Lora Lee Michel ... Anya, Trina's daughter
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Storyline

Joe Barrett returns to Tokyo after World War II where he once owned a bar, Tokyo Joe's, and deserted his wife Trina. They have a seven-year-old daughter. Kimura forces Joe into piloting war criminals by revealing that during the war Trina made treasonous propaganda broadcasts. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Bogart raids the Tokyo underworld to save his woman from Japan's crime baron ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokio Joe See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first movie allowed to film in post-war Japan. See more »

Goofs

The shoulder patch on Capt. Winnow's (Whit Bissell) jacket is clearly from the China/Burma/India theater of WW II. No U.S. military serving in Japan would use such an insignia. See more »

Quotes

Photo sergeant: [taking a photograph] Stand as close to the bar as you can, sir.
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: That's been one of my troubles.
Photo sergeant: What's that, sir?
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: I, uh...
[pause]
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: Skip it.
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Connections

References Flying Tigers (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

London Bridge is Falling Down
(uncredited)
Traditional nursery song
Played at Anya's birthday party
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Surprisingly good little post-war drama
5 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Satisfying Bogart vehicle has our hero as a veteran seeking to return to his prewar life in Tokyo as part-owner of a jazz bar ("Tokyo Joe's") and also as the husband of his former diva (Marley). Inconveniently, she's already divorced him and married a lawyer in the provisional government (Knox). In order to remain the country, Bogey starts an air freight service with some shady Yakuza types who eventually blackmail him into importing war criminals. The bait is his daughter, who he's just met.

Very sentimental, with Bogart's performance dead on the mark and showing some sides of his persona which had not been explored before. Produced by Bogart's company, Santana Productions.


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