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First Yank Into Tokyo (1945)

Approved | | War, Drama | 5 September 1945 (USA)
An American agent undergoes plastic surgery to make him look Japanese so he can infiltrate Japan and help to free an American POW.



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Complete credited cast:
Abby Drake
Lewis Jardine
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Leonard Strong ...
Major Nogira
Capt. Tanahe
Clarence Lung ...
Major Ichibo
Keye Chang ...
Capt. Sato
Michael St. Angel ...
Capt. Andrew Kent


An American agent undergoes plastic surgery to make him look Japanese so he can infiltrate Japan and help to free an American POW.

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A REVELATION OF JAP ATROCITY! (all caps-original ad)


War | Drama


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Release Date:

5 September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1st Yank Into Tokyo  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Han Su wears a happi-coat; on both collars, there is an inscription in katakana of the Japanized name "Lucille Anderson," who was an extra in the 1941 film "Sergeant York." See more »


In the final battle scene, Steve Ross and Han-Soo are fighting off the Japanese troops armed with sub-machine guns. Both these guns appear to be Thompson sub-machine guns which it would have been impossible to obtain in Japan. The only Japanese submachine gun was the Type 100 model which was of a markedly different appearance to the Thompson. See more »


Referenced in You Only Live Twice (1967) See more »

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Just Awful
21 September 2002 | by (Sapporo, Japan) – See all my reviews

What with the 1943 "Gung Ho", "Guadalcanal Diary," "Purple Heart,"

and other made-during-World War II films I saw as a kid on television,

I had thought I had seen every racist anti-"Jap" propaganda movie ever

made by Hollywood. But "First Yank Into Tokyo" is one I do not

remember seeing as a kid. It is not only the most racist movie I have

ever seen, it is probably simply the worst film I have ever seen in any

category of motion picture. To me as an American who has lived in

Japan for 30 years, the Asian-Americans playing Japanese soldiers are

as obviously not racially Japanese as if someone had made a movie about

William the Conqueror fighting the Battle of Hastings in 1066 with a

cast of Europeans recruited entirely from Athens, Greece and Instanbul,

Turkey. Everything, from the physical characteristics to the

mannerisms, is wrong. On the one hand, the film presents the Japanese as bespeckled, buck

toothed, arrogant goofs. On the other hand, when portraying a

Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II, the film makes the

place a country club compared to the real horrors encountered by anyone

who was held in a Japanese POW camp during the war.

Overall, the film radiates an overwhelming ignorance and apathy by

the film makers towards any authenticity whatsoever.

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