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Behind the Rising Sun (1943)

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In Japan, foreigners and their Japanese friends are caught up in the rising tide of militarism.



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Complete credited cast:
Margo ...
Tama Shimamura
Tom Neal ...
Taro Seki
J. Carrol Naish ...
Reo Seki
Lefty O'Doyle
Sara Braden
Donald Douglas ...
Clancy O'Hara (as Don Douglas)
George Givot ...
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
Leonard Strong ...
Tama's Father


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 <>

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The year's most timely story.


Drama | War


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Release Date:

8 November 1945 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Behind the Rising Sun  »

Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Benson Fong. See more »


Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Played in the bar
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Interesting To Say The Least
2 August 2003 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

Today (even in 1943) this film is very racist dealing with Japanese son educated in US goes back to Japan and takes part in atrocities there and in China. The whole China sequences are very grisly and actually disturbing, such as nailing the baby to the door by his/her pigtail along with the usual raping and pillaging of the Chinese countryside. They even keep the Chinese drugged up with free heroin handouts from trucks that pull into the villages. There is just one "good" Japanese character in the movie, the female secretary who works for an American architect caught in Japan with some Western reporters when WW2 finally erupts. But then these characters get tortured and sentenced to death. On the whole film it is NEVER boring...never. It has very good production and fine actors (even though Japanese are all played by white Europeans a la Charlie Chan). Now get this! RKO was asked by US government to make a picture that would portray Japanese in a real and fair way instead of the crop of anti-Japanese pictures that were made already so to stave off racial hatred toward this group. It was rampant in US (not so, for Germans though, interestingly films about Nazi's always had numerous "good" Germans, never in propaganda Japanese films who were usually portrayed as sub human hordes.)Anyway this was Hollywood's answer to the problem. Unbelievable! Film though is considered an excellent yet hysterical example of WW2 propaganda at the time.

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