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Behind the Rising Sun (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 27 January 1944 (Mexico)
In Japan, foreigners and their Japanese friends are caught up in the rising tide of militarism.

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(book) (as James R. Young), (original screenplay)
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Taro Seki
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Reo Seki
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Lefty O'Doyle
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Sara Braden
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Clancy O'Hara (as Don Douglas)
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Boris
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
Grandmother
Leonard Strong ...
Tama's Father
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Storyline

Cornell-educated Taro Seki returns to Japan just as the war party gains control. He hopes to work for American engineer O'Hara, and falls for his secretary Tama, but he is drafted. War service in China finally hardens Taro to atrocities, and he returns to Japan a changed man. His father, now a cabinet minister, feels remorse at what war has done to his son and country, but too late to save Taro's foreign friends. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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27 January 1944 (Mexico)  »

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Alytrotoi laoi  »

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$239,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nancy Gates (Tama's sister) and Daisy Lee (Takahashi's servant) are in studio records/casting call lists, but do not appear in the movie. See more »

Goofs

During the bombing of Tokyo, presumably the Doolittle raid, B-17 "Flying Fortresses" ( a heavy bomber) are shown carrying out the attack. The Doolittle raid was carried out by B-25 bombers, a medium bomber, launched from the aircraft carrier, USS Hornet. See more »

Soundtracks

Alma Mater
(ca 1870) (uncredited)
(Cornell University's Marching Song)
Music by H.S. Thompson from his ballad "Annie Lisle" (1857)
Lyrics by Archibald Croswell-Weeks and Wilmot Moses Smith (ca 1870)
Sung by Tom Neal a cappella
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propaganda movie
27 June 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

a classical propaganda movie. with usual ManicheAN speech, with good Americans and a sort of Japanes villain, with cruelty, happy end and a sad love story. it can be ridiculous , amusing, a document or, only, a pure nice film from an old period. in fact, it is little more. a map about perception of a nation, a exercise for few American actors to perform under make-up for becomes Japaneses, remember about a war traces and, sure, interesting comparison between box and judo. like many old films, it is a mirror for its period. naive, strange, not serious, full of pathetic scenes. but, in a special manner, realistic. because the crumbs of fiction grows - up on real earth.


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