The Wind Cannot Read (1958)

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Cast overview:
Flight Lt. Michael Quinn
Yôko Tani ...
Ronald Lewis ...
Leader Fenwick
John Fraser ...
Officer Peter Munroe
Anthony Bushell ...
Heihachirô Ôkawa ...
Lt. Nakamura (as Henry Okawa)
Marne Maitland ...
Michael Medwin ...
Officer Lamb
Richard Leech ...
Tony Wager ...
Moss (as Anthony Wager)
Tadashi Ikeda ...
Itsumi San
Yoichi Matsue ...
Cpl. Mori (as Yôichi Matsue)
Joy Michael ...
First Nurse
Avice Landone ...
Second Nurse


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LOVE THAT WAS FORBIDDEN . . . but could not be denied!


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Release Date:

14 July 1958 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

De wind kan niet lezen  »

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Toward the film's end, Dirk Bogarde and two others are captured by the Japanese. The Japanese officer questions them in the first scene with Bogarde standing on the viewer's right. After their Indian driver runs away and is shot, the next scene moves back to the two British officers, and Bogarde is now seen standing on the left. See more »


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The Wind Cannot Read
Written by Peter Hart
Sung by Vera Lynn
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9 December 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Dirk Bogarde is an officer during World War II learning Japanese in India in order to do intelligence work on the Indian front.

While there he gets a Japanese teacher, who is full of the inscrutable and mysterious East, like a Chinese motorcycle. Some scenes are pretty fruity in between the Indian travelogue and the first scene doesn't fit into the plot properly, in fact it doesn't seem to have any relevance at all (lost in editing perhaps?).

In the war scenes, the Japanese are honourable, like in "Bridge Across The River Kwai", not at all like they actually were, and the British are all very 'pukka' and respectable - it's strictly popular fare.

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