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Laurence Harvey plays a Eurasian photographer who is trapped in Japan, but who wants to emigrate to the United States. His visa is continually delayed, which causes him to use his charm with women to pull some strings and apply some pressure on the embassy. His romantic magnetism works on a thrill-seeking American and an aristocratic Japanese woman. Written by
I felt this movie did a reasonably good job of dealing with the cross cultural issues of the time and place. That is a significant accomplishment given the complexities of Japan and the lead character's mixed background. This movie can get you thinking if you take the time to watch it closely. Laurence Harvey underplays his role as usual but I think he managed to effectively convey the embittered and driven nature of the character who is also just starting to dare to listen to his feelings. France Nuyen tries but she is manifestly NOT Japanese and cannot come close to fooling anyone. She looks great and is accessible to the Western audiences that the movie was intended for but nonetheless, I was left wondering how the movie would have changed if a Japanese actress had been cast as Tomiko.
The rest of the cast delivers well although one wishes Martha Hyer's character had been given a bit more time to be developed.
Visually very well done.
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