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A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.
It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers - they don't carry weapons and have to get local police approval ... See full summary »
Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed, kicked out of the Army, and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. ... See full summary »
Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.
Nick Condon is a newspaper reporter working in Tokyo who refuses to toe the Japanese line on the expansionist policies of the anti-democratic Imperialist government. When it becomes clear to the authorities that Condon isn't going to cooperate and that he has some valuable information and contacts, they decide to get him in their clutches for some interrogations and then dispose of him. Written by
When Iris Hillaird (Sylvia Sidney) tells Nick Condon (James Cagney) that they cannot be together because she is half-Japanese and half-Caucasian, Condon replies that he too is of mixed race. "I'm half-Irish and half-Norwegian." In real life, James Cagney was the son of an Irish-born father and a Norwegian-born mother. See more »
Right after Ollie Miller gets shot you see him stumbling to the ground. When he gets up, under his left elbow you can see carpet moving in what should be grass. See more »
But gentlemen, I know nothing about this article being printed. I was out of town.
Secret Police Major Kajioka:
Then let me read what is printed here in your paper. "If Japan wants to control China we must first crush the United States just as in the past we have to fight in the Russo-Japanese war."
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Nicely done war thriller with Cagney as a suave but pugnacious newspaper
reporter in Japan who comes into possession of secret war plans. The
are the work of a fascist Baron Tanaka who pushes the war agenda for the
right-wing militarists over the objections of those opposed to war. The
characters are interesting, and while many are static yet well-played,
a few others are nicely fleshed out and grow during the plot. Cagney,
of the newspapermen and the female spy have some plot movement to develop
their characters with. Even the villains, who could easily be cardboard,
are well-played and exhibit human motivation. Obviously this is not a
documentary, but it's also not pure melodrama either.
Perhaps the most visually interesting areas of the film are the contrasts
between beautiful, high-class modernist settings, a representation of
traditional Japanese architecture, and gritty realistically-dressed
scenes. All the more interesting that the good production and pretty
were created in Hollywood backlots in 1945 during the war. While this is
not a huge film, the production design is as good as anything from the
golden age. There is a lot of eye-candy in the set design, tastefully
filmed and a treat to view.
The politics and cultural sensitivities of the film are also fascinating
far more balanced and subtle than other reviewers seem to indicate here.
Cagney's character is well-immersed in Japanese culture and aware of the
social issues of the time. He speaks Japanese, in addition to Chinese,
is a highly-skilled Judo aficionado. The film portrays Japanese
of the war as well-meaning but fairly easily countered by ruthless
militarists and their secret police which is likely generally accurate.
Surely similar struggles played out in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy,
with Stalinist Russia, Mao's China and other 20th century totalitarian
dictatorships both right and left.
This film is not anti-Japanese; it's anti-Fascist. Those who claim to be
unaware of the difference would imply that Japanese are Fascists. That
would be unfortunately ignorant.
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