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Tokyo File 212 (1951)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  June 1951 (USA)
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A Communist spy ring in Japan is hard at work trying to sabotage the American war effort during the Korean War, using kidnapping, murder and a disturbed former kamikaze pilot. A U.S. secret... See full summary »

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Florence Marly ...
Steffi Novak
Lee Frederick ...
Jim Carter (as Robert Peyton)
Katsuhiko Haida ...
Taro Matsuto
Reiko Otani ...
Namiko
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Mr. Matsuto
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Mr. Oyama (as Satoshi Nakamura)
Heihachirô Ôkawa
Suisei Matsui ...
Joe
Jun Tazaki
Dekao Yokoo
Hideto Hayafusa ...
(as Hideto Hayabusa)
Gen Shimizu
Richard W.N. Childs ...
(as Major Richard W.N. Childs)
Richard Finiels ...
(as Lt. Richard Finiels)
Stuart Zimmerley ...
(as Cpl. Stuart Zimmerley)
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A Communist spy ring in Japan is hard at work trying to sabotage the American war effort during the Korean War, using kidnapping, murder and a disturbed former kamikaze pilot. A U.S. secret agent, posing as a reporter, is dispatched to Tokyo to put a stop to these nefarious activities. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A dangerous spy net in the powderkeg Orient!

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June 1951 (USA)  »

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Attentat i Tokyo  »

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Lee Frederick sniffs out commie ring with Florence Marly in the game
17 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Tokyo File 212" is a charming and serious spy-noir (somewhere below the b-category) filmed entirely in Japan, and that adds a lot. There are some bits in Japanese, but they present no problem at all. Lee Frederick (or Robert Peyton) is an army intelligence man sent to Tokyo to sniff out a communist sabotage ring that can damage the war effort in Korea that used Tokyo as a transport hub for supplies and men. He's sent because suspicion has fallen on a former roommate of his who has apparently gone red and may be able to lead him to the top man. His cover is that he's a correspondent.

The story opens with a bombing aimed at the main leads, and then proceeds by flashback. It's like a serial, except we have to wait till the end to find out what happened; and it's nothing like you might expect.

No sooner Frederick arrives than he's offered help from Florence Marly who can guide him around and be his secretary, but she's in at least partial cahoots with the commies who have a hold on her. She's an exotic woman, quite forward, who talks about herself in the third person, "Steffi this, and Steffi that". Their repartee is entertaining.

Frederick does his detective work, encountering a number of very dangerous situations, including that final bomb blast.

There's some bad acting in this movie, enough to say it's below the b-movie category. The plot's linkages are not as tight as they should be. But overall it's a pleasant detective story kind of watch that has its moments. Frederick and Marly make it work. She's lively, alluring, suitably ambiguous and mysterious.


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