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Escapade in Japan (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Family | November 1957 (USA)
A plane on its way to Japan is forced to land at sea just off the Japanese coast. A small American boy survives the ditching but is separated from the rest of the passengers and crew and is... See full summary »





Cast overview:
Tony / Tony Saunders
Roger Nakagawa ...
Kuniko Miyake ...
Susumu Fujita ...
Katsuhiko Haida ...
Capt. Hibino
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Mr. Fushimi (as Tatsuo Saito)


A plane on its way to Japan is forced to land at sea just off the Japanese coast. A small American boy survives the ditching but is separated from the rest of the passengers and crew and is picked up by a Japanese fisherman, who takes the boy back to his village. The boy is befriended by the fisherman's son, but when they see Japanese police swarming over the village, they are afraid that they've done something wrong and run away, although the police are only searching for the missing boy. Together the two boys travel through the Japanese countryside, trying to avoid the police who are searching for them and meeting up with many different kinds of people along the way. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The exciting adventures of two little runaway boys in Japan! See more »


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November 1957 (USA)  »

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Verschollen in Japan  »

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2.35 : 1
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According to scriptwriter Winston Miller "Escapade in Japan" was the first post-War film that portrayed the Japanese "as nice people." See more »


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A Charming and Exciting Chase in Japan
29 January 2000 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

Young Jon Provost, later to star in "Lassie", got his first notice in this charming story of a chase in 1950's Japan. He plays the son of an American couple working in Japan who survives a airplane ditching off the coastline; he got separated from the crew, and in the fog is picked up by a fisherman.

This Japanese fishing family befriends him, even though they cannot talk to him, not knowing English. The boy, however, fears he did something wrong when he sees many Japanese police searching the village. He flees, along with the slightly older son of the fisherman. Then begins the chase between the police and the American couple, and the two boys who fear the police only try to find you when you've done something wrong.

The bulk of the movie is of the two boys fleeing through Japan and seeing different and interesting sights on their odyssey. It is in effect a travelogue of post-war Japan. The final scenes on top of a tall Shinto religious temple are exciting enough.

Colorful, and good family fare, the film also was a clear attempt to ease hostilities between the United States and a Japan that just a decade before had been a hated enemy. They did this by showing the Japanese as human being as concerned about their missing son as the Americans were about theirs.

Recommended! Give it a try if you see it.

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