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First Yank Into Tokyo (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 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
Col. Hideko Okanura
Leonard Strong ...
Major Nogira
Capt. Tanahe
Clarence Lung ...
Major Ichibo
Keye Chang ...
Capt. Sato
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)


Drama | War


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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?


Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. 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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This film had some ridiculous comments and an immature slant to the Japanese
17 January 2006 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This film is almost camp in its sophomoric racism. As a member of a minority that has also experienced this kind of dehumanization at a time when this was not at all uncommon I think that this movie has value as an example of what generations ..even my own daughter will never believe unless they see it. I think we all need these movies in their uncut form as a reminder (embarrassing though it is to the filmmakers) of how dumb we can get with these kinds of issues. I speak as a minority and as a fellow brother to all of you reading this. This is not shocking and the Japanese I am sure have the self confidence (as does my minority group) to point at this as a laughable example of white racism in its most childish form. It does not inspire hate for the whites who made it ...it inspires incredulity and empathy in me personally because it is truly embarrassing. I am sure it is the whites who would most like to eradicate this film and forget they (or the few who believed this) ever exhibited this kind of insipid point of view. It was an emotional time. Sometimes emotions make us say and think stupid things. This movie is an example.

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