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Tokyo Rose (1946)

Passed | | Adventure, War | 8 February 1946 (USA)
An American prisoner-of-war in Tokyo, manages to escape and hooks up with the Japanese underground. He plans to kill Tokyo Rose because one of her broadcasts led to the death of a buddy. ... See full summary »

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Timothy O'Brien (as Don Douglas)
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Colonel Suzuki
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Charlie Otani
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Soon Hee
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Wong Chu
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Joe Bridger
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An American prisoner-of-war in Tokyo, manages to escape and hooks up with the Japanese underground. He plans to kill Tokyo Rose because one of her broadcasts led to the death of a buddy. With the help of a war correspondent, he kidnaps the turncoat disc-jockey but, while trying to reach a rendezvous spot with an American submarine, the Japanese soldiers overtake them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Rosa de Tóquio  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Seems a little bit too late.
17 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the end of the war was still settling by the time this was released, it does seem to be just a few years older, more appropriate for 1943/44 than 1946. With the bombings of the year before, this is more rubbing of salt on the wounds of the Japanese, certainly no call for a truce or peace. The voice of American born Lotus Long provides the characterization of the hated title character whose smooth talking voice seemed soothing in spite of the fact that she caused much damage as her infamous radio program helped dash the hopes of American p.o.w.'s in World War II. This is an obvious fictional story, an exploitation of revenge by American soldier Byron Barr who vows to kill her after her actions caused the death of his buddy.

If this has any decent purpose, it's to enlighten American audiences to the presence of a Japanese underground, against their own government, assisting Barr in his mission. It's a cheaply made and basically crude production from Pine-Thomas whose productions had their release from Paramount, obviously to fill out the lower half of their double bills. This is the type of film that probably had audience members walking out if they had already seen the big feature, since this had been done hundreds of times between 1941 and 1945 and a heck of a lot better. The ending seems like an add-on when circumstances dated what was already written or filmed, and does not make it any more timely. The physical appearance of Long as the infamous broadcaster in one scene provides only a little bit of tension which really lets the viewer down in the conclusion.


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