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Tokyo Joe -- Joe Barrett (Humphrey Bogart) believes his wife died in a Japanese concentration camp.  When he returns to Japan, he discovers she is alive and married to a lawyer.  Bogart tracks her down and discovers she is raising their 7-year-old daughter.  He becomes determined to win back his ex-wife's love but dies in an attempt to save her and their child.


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Release Date:
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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  (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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Additional Details

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 fights with Kanda to liberate Anya, she sits on the bed twice.See more »
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett:First I fly the seat off my pants, and then they repossess the pants.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into This Is It (2009)See more »
These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)See more »


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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
An underrated but excellent film, 28 April 2007
Author: capn_nick from United States

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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