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Director:
Writers:
Harry Kleiner (written by)
Samuel Fuller (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
1 July 1955 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to probe the coinciding death of a fellow Army official. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Ryan ... Sandy Dawson

Robert Stack ... Eddie Kenner
Shirley Yamaguchi ... Mariko

Cameron Mitchell ... Griff

Brad Dexter ... Captain Hanson

Sessue Hayakawa ... Inspector Kito

Biff Elliot ... Webber
Sandro Giglio ... Ceram
Elko Hanabusa ... Japanese Screaming Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clifford Arashiro ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sandy Azeka ... Charlie's Girl at Party (uncredited)

Harry Carey Jr. ... John (uncredited)
Barry Coe ... Captain Hanson's Aide (uncredited)
Fred Dale ... Man (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Skipper (uncredited)
Fuji ... Pachinko Manager (uncredited)
Samuel Fuller ... Japanese policeman (uncredited)
Peter Gray ... Willy (uncredited)
Reiko Hayakawa ... Mariko's Girl Friend (uncredited)
Robert Hosai ... Doctor (uncredited)
Kazue Ikeda ... Policeman (uncredited)
Kinuko Ann Ito ... Servant (uncredited)
Frank Jumagai ... Pachinko Manager (uncredited)

DeForest Kelley ... Charlie (uncredited)
Robert Kino ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Kwanaga ... File Clerk (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Inspector Kito's Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Maeshiro ... Bartender (uncredited)
Harris Matsushige ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
Joanna Mitchell ... Mother Superior (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Pearl Man (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow ... Cpl. Davis (uncredited)
Bob Okazaki ... Mr Hommaru (uncredited)

Robert Quarry ... Phil (uncredited)
Bob Roberts ... Soldier on wall (left) (uncredited)
Reiko Sato ... Charlie's Girl (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Nagaya (uncredited)
May Takasugi ... Bath Attendant (uncredited)
Barbara Uchiyamada ... Japanese Girl (uncredited)
Everett Weaver ... Soldier on wall (right) (uncredited)

Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
 
Writing credits
Harry Kleiner (written by)

Samuel Fuller (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald  (as Joe MacDonald)
 
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Silver .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
John D. Stack .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Fred Etcheverry .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Cory .... key grip (uncredited)
Hugh Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Les Everson .... head electrician (uncredited)
Frank V. Phillips .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Dick James .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Ken Darby .... vocal supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
John Campbell .... publicity director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
102 min
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | UK:PG (DVD) | USA:Approved (certificate #17450) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
Sessue Hayakawa's dialogue was overdubbed by the US-born actor Richard Loo.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Eddie Spanier (Robert Stack) is first knocked unconscious by members of Sandy Dawson's gang, Dawson tells one of his underlings to awaken him by tossing a bucket of ice on him. As he lies on the floor, however, Eddie flinches as soon as Dawson gives this command, before any ice actually hits Eddie's face.See more »
Quotes:
Sandy Dawson:Who are you working for?
Eddie Kenner:[posing as Eddie Spanier] Spanier.
Sandy Dawson:Who's Spanier?
Eddie Kenner:Me.
Sandy Dawson:Who else you working for?
Eddie Kenner:Eddie.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Very well worth watching, 10 October 2006
Author: trimmerb1234 from London

This movie has similarities to THE THIRD MAN in that both involve someone (an American) living comfortably in an alien culture as a parasitic gangster in a war ravaged country just after WW2 with a good guy (another American) in pursuit. In narrow cinematic terms, in terms of the story as other reviewers point out, its not a great movie. There is though very much more of interest to it than that.

In historical terms we see Tokyo as it then was in 1954. We see the Japanese as officials, as policemen, as gangsters, the good, the bad, in their natural habitat rather than simply as massed cruel soldiery or suicidal pilots. It has elements of a travelogue with a fascinating glimpse behind the rice paper screen. The movie, which has really handsome colour photography, starts with the curious beauty of a snow covered landscape with Mount Fuji in the background and a murderous attack on a military supply train in the foreground. The ending too shares the same deliberate disjunction - dark violent justice dealt out in a sunny family setting - Top of the World, Ma?

Robert Stack here very much pre-figures his role as Eliot Ness in THE UNTOUCHABLES - dogged and brave in the fight against organised crime. Robert Ryan, tall impeccably elegant and seemingly entirely at ease as a violent mobster in a very foreign land.

Much criticism seems carping and misses the point. As was said of the dog that could walk upright - the question was not so much that he couldn't do it perfectly but that he could do it at all. This was a unique bold movie embedded in post WW2 underworld Japan really striving for authenticity. Not the customary montage of tourist sites and hotel interiors with a cast looking as if they'd gone no further than that themselves.

Were there American gangsters in this way in post war Japan? Presumably so if CATCH 22 is any guide. In this movie however the morality is old-fashioned, certain and unambiguous. By 1970 CATCH 22 served up satire and moral ambiguity to the Hippy generation.

A fascinating little bit of history as well as being a very watchable movie

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