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The Wind Cannot Read (1958)

During WW2, a British officer stationed in Asia is recruited by Army Intelligence, is tasked with learning Japanese to interrogate Japanese POWs and he falls in-love with his pretty Japanese teacher.

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Cast overview:
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Flight Lt. Michael Quinn
Yôko Tani ...
Sabbi
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Leader Fenwick
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Officer Peter Munroe
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Brigadier
Heihachirô Ôkawa ...
Lt. Nakamura (as Henry Okawa)
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Bahadur
Michael Medwin ...
Officer Lamb
Richard Leech ...
Hobson
Tony Wager ...
Moss (as Anthony Wager)
Tadashi Ikeda ...
Itsumi San
Yoichi Matsue ...
Cpl. Mori (as Yôichi Matsue)
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Joy Michael ...
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Second Nurse
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During WW2, the Japanese forces push their way into Burma and threaten to invade British India at the end of 1942. Caught in a flood of war refugees fleeing Burma, RAF Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn and a fellow officer are retreating toward the Burma-India border. The disorganized column marching under the intense scorching sun runs into a Japanese ambush. Under a hail of fire, they all scatter in all directions. Quinn and his comrade head for the desert. After a few grueling hours of walking in the infernal desert, they finally reach a British Army outpost. In 1943, Quinn is sent for a bit of R&R. He's spending his time skiing in the Indian mountains and relaxing at the New Everest Hotel where his Indian orderly, Bahadur, constantly spoils him. Fellow RAF pilot Peter Munroe shows up at the hotel and informs Quinn that no one is leaving for Britain yet. Munroe also tells Quinn that the 2 of them have been selected to join a group of British officers who will learn the Japanese ... Written by nufs68

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2000 Years of Tradition Said "No!" To Their Love - But Nothing Could Stop It From Happening! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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14 July 1958 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

De wind kan niet lezen  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth More turned down the lead, and later called it the biggest mistake of his professional career. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film Sabby's bedside table is first shown with a bowl of fruit on top. At the end of the scene there is a vase with flowers, some drooping, in its place - as well as the wedding ring. See more »

Quotes

Brigadier: I was 17 years in Tokyo and I got so used to squatting Japanese fashion on the floor that an ordinary chair would give me pins and needles.
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Connections

Referenced in Absolute Beginners (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wind Cannot Read
Written by Peter Hart
Sung by Vera Lynn
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I never saw this picture and cannot comment on the actual film.
26 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the final picture shown at the famous New York City movie palace, the Roxy, the self-exclaimed "Cathedral of the Motion Picture." The Roxy opened in 1928 amid mid-Manhatten Roaring Twenties fanfare. By the mid-1950's, the theater was showing it's age through years of neglect and declining revenues, i.e. competition from television and general flight of patrons to the suburbs. It was during the late '50's to the late '80's that the large picture palaces were vanishing to the wrecker's ball, and the Roxy fell without a whimper from the public. After showing "The Wind Cannot Read," in the spring of 1960, the Roxy was closed and demolished in three months. A famous photo exists of silent movie actress Gloria Swanson in an elegant gown posing amid the Roxy's gloomy ruins; one of her silents opened the Roxy in 1928. A tragic end to a magnificent structure, only 32 years old at the time.


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