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November 1949 (USA) See more »
Most dangerous adventure of his career ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Danger and intrigue in post-war Japan See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Joseph 'Joe' Barrett

Alexander Knox ... Mark Landis
Florence Marly ... Trina Pechinkov Landis

Sessue Hayakawa ... Baron Kimura
Jerome Courtland ... Danny
Gordon Jones ... Idaho
Teru Shimada ... Ito
Hideo Mori ... Kanda
Charles Meredith ... Gen. Ireton

Rhys Williams ... Col. Dahlgren
Lora Lee Michel ... Anya, Trina's daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Provost Marshal Major (uncredited)

Whit Bissell ... Capt. Winnow (uncredited)
Tommy Bond ... Fingerprint Sergeant (uncredited)
James Cardwell ... Military Police Captain (uncredited)
Scott Edwards ... Officer (uncredited)
Frank Fujino ... Man (uncredited)
Julia Fukuzaki ... Maid (uncredited)
Gene Gondo ... Kamikaze (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Maj. J.F.X. Loomis (uncredited)
Otto Han ... Col. Hara (uncredited)
Toshiuki Iwasaka ... Man (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Yuji Kakuuchi ... Barkeeper (uncredited)
Kyôko Kamo ... Nani-San (uncredited)
Fumiko Kawabata ... Mrs. Sado (uncredited)
Tetsu Komai ... Lt. Gen. 'The Butcher' Takenobu (uncredited)
Tom Komuro ... Nisei Interpreteror (uncredited)
Frank Kumagai ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Tony Layng ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Manservant (uncredited)
Lane Nakano ... Rickshaw Driver (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Reynolds ... Jack - General Ireton's Aide (uncredited)
Fred F. Sears ... Medical Major (uncredited)
Michael Towne ... Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Yosan Tsuruta ... Najuro Goro (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Lieutenant at Airport (uncredited)
David Wolfe ... Photo Sergeant (uncredited)
John Yabu ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Heisler 
Writing credits
Steve Fisher (story)

Walter Doniger (adaptation)

Cyril Hume (screenplay) &
Bertram Millhauser (screenplay)

Produced by
Henry S. Kesler .... associate producer
Robert Lord .... producer
Original Music by
George Antheil 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilbur McGaugh .... assistant director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Russell Malmgren .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Eddie Blaisdell .... grip (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Howard Robinson .... grip (uncredited)
Victor Scheurich .... camera operator (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Ernest Gold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Mertz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jason Lindsey .... dialogue director
Rose Loewinger .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

This was the first movie allowed to film in post-war Japan.See more »
Continuity: When Joe begins to fight with Ito, he takes off his coat and gives it to Kanda, who holds it with his right hand. In the next shot, Kanda has nothing in his hand.See more »
Photo sergeant:[taking a photograph] Stand as close to the bar as you can, sir.
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett:That's been one of my troubles.
Photo sergeant:What's that, sir?
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett:I, uh...
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett:Skip it.
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Danger and intrigue in post-war Japan, 13 January 2005
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

(There may be Spoilers) Pretty good Humphrey Bogart flick that has the distinction of being the first US made movie filmed in post-war Japan with a beautiful rendition of the song "These Foolish Things" sung by co-star and Bogie's love interest in the movie the exotic and hauntingly beautiful Florence Marly, Trina Pechinkov Landis, that rivals the song "As Time Goes By" in the Humphrey Bogart classic WWII movie "Casablanca".

Joe Barrett, Humphrey Bogart, who owned a nightclub in Tokyo, the "Tokyo Joe Cabaret" before the outbreak of the war between Japan and the USA goes back after the war to start where he left off in the nightclub business. Discharged from the US Army Joe finds it almost impossible to have a business in Japan without the approval of the US Military Occupation Government and is given only a 60 day visa to stay in the country.

Finding out from his friend and co-owner of the "Tokyo Joe" Ito, Teru Shimada, that he wife Trina, Florence Marly, and singer at the nightclub is alive not that she died during the war as Joe thought, makes Joe want to stay over his allowed 60 days. Joe is in for a big surprise when he finds out that Trina had married a top US lawyer working in Japan Mark Landis, Alexander Knox. Joe even more shocked when he finds out from Barom Klmura, Sesssue Hayakawa, an air freight owner whom Joe is fronting for to extend his visa that she also did propaganda broadcasts during the war for the Japanese government making her a traitor to America. Trina is an American citizen and libel to be prosecuted by the US Military Government in Japan.

Things get far more complicated for Joe when he discovers that Trina has a seven year old girl Anya, Lora Lee Michel, who was born after Joe left her for the USA in 1941 and who he's the father of. The fact that Trina did broadcasts for the Imperial Japanese government was because they took Anya away from her as she, like all Americans stranded in Japan during the war, was thrown into a Japanese prison camp.

While Joe is struggling with this dilemma his working for Kumura is unknowing helping him smuggle dangerous Japanese Communists and dreaded Black Dragon leaders into the country to start an open and bloody revolt against the occupying American Military Government.

Better then you would expect Bogart film since it's almost unknown when you compare it to Bogie's many great movies.The movie also has one of the most exciting fight as well as shoot-out sequences you'll ever see in an Humphrey Bogart movie.

The great photography of post-war Japan in the film as well as the fine cast make "Tokyo Joe" more then worth watching but the most intriguing thing about the movie is it's very interesting story-line that was in a way really prophetic. That had the Communists who were trying to overthrow the US installed democratic Japenese Government working out of South Korea. A country that was invaded by the North Korean Communist on June 25, 1950 a year after the movie "Tokyo Joe" was released.

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