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Tokyo Joe (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | November 1949 (USA)
An American returns to Tokyo try to pick up threads of his pre-WW2 life there, but finds himself squeezed between criminals and the authorities.

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Mark Landis
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Baron Kimura
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Teru Shimada ...
Ito
Hideo Mori ...
Kanda
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Gen. Ireton
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Anya, Trina's daughter
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Joe Barrett returns to Tokyo after World War II where he once owned a bar, Tokyo Joe's, and deserted his wife Trina. They have a seven-year-old daughter. Kimura forces Joe into piloting war criminals by revealing that during the war Trina made treasonous propaganda broadcasts. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Bogart rips the Jap underworld apart over a blonde in a Tokyo hot spot ! See more »


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Tokio Joe  »

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Trivia

This was the first movie allowed to film in post-war Japan. See more »

Goofs

After the judo scene with Joe and Ito; and while they are standing around talking about the old days, singing starts. Joe runs up stairs to find the girl he thought dead, and he finds a record playing. He searches around the upstairs room and finely finds the record player playing; but who starts the record player? Record players needed someone to turn them on; there were no timers in those days. See more »

Quotes

Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: Hey, whatever became of the rattrap hotel that used to be next door?
Ito: The B-29's converted it into a parking lot.
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: Well, it's lucky they stopped when they did, or all Tokyo'd be a parking lot. Next time it'll be the whole world and nothing left to park
Ito: Come upstairs, Joe. They don't understand a word of English - unless they listen.
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References Flying Tigers (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
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Music by Jack Strachey
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz (as Holt Marvell) and Harry Link
Sung on a record several times
Sung by Florence Marly at the Tokyo Joe cabaret in flashback
Reprised by an unidentified female at the Tokyo Joe cabaret
Variations in the score throughout the film
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An underrated but excellent film
28 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart's lesser watched films are so often passed by because the standard for Bogart films is so incredibly high. Is this film as great as "To Have and Have Not"? No it isn't. On the other hand I guarantee you it is more sophisticated and interesting to watch than 90% of the films that came out last year.

People often seem to over look the unique virtues of this film as an interesting film in history. Coming so shortly on the heels of World War 2 one would expect to find a certain amount of racism towards the Japanese and yet (unlike slightly later films like Sayonara) it is almost devoid of any remarks of that kind.

Humphrey Bogart is a superb actor as always as is the rest of the cast. The plot is well written and the direction style suited well to the film. Over all I highly recommend that anyone who wants a sharp and fun movie check this one out just don't expect it to be the classic that "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" or that one of the many other "classic" films he made was. It is nonetheless worth watching and, to my mind at least, quite a bit better than the cookie cutter system they use for suspense films now.


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