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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 »





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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!


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November 1957 (USA)  »

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Verschollen in Japan  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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


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An nice family travelogue picture
16 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film has a soft spot in me - the film was one of the first movies I ever attended in a movie house. Probably my parents took me to see it because Jon Provost was in it, and I was a fan of the series LASSIE. However it was on a double bill, and I believe it was with PETER PAN (the first Disney cartoon I saw in a movie house). I know I enjoyed it.

A boy of three or four can barely remember details, but this film was very colorfully shot. It was one of a series of films of all types (SAYONARA, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, A MAJORITY OF ONE) where Hollywood was trying to make amends to the Japanese for the caricatures of their military and leaders that were shown in the 1940s.

The plot was that Provost gets separated from his parents in an accident off Japan, and ends up with a Japanese family. Soon he is paling around with that family's son, and they are unaware of the efforts by the U.S. and Provost's family to find him. Instead, when the police seem to be trying to catch him, Provost and his friend jump to the conclusion that they've done something criminal, and they run away. The film follows their constantly just escaping the police, until the conclusion (reminiscent of the conclusion in THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING) where everyone has to rescue the boys from a roof. It was a very exciting conclusion (and the music in those last moments helped really build up the suspense).

It was a good film, and a welcome introduction for the younger version of me to the pleasures of watching movies.

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