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Flight from Ashiya (1964)

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A helicopter rescue team tries to save the survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Japan during a raging typhoon.


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Cast overview:
TSgt. Mike Takashima
L:t. Col. Glenn Stevenson
2nd Lt. John Gregg
Lucille Caroll
Caroline Gordon / Stevenson
Danièle Gaubert ...
Eiko Taki ...
Joe Di Reda ...
SSgt. Randy Smith
Mitsuhiro Sugiyama ...
E.S. Ince ...
Capt. Walter Mound
Andrew Hughes ...
Dr. Horton
William Ross ...
Capt. Jerry Cooper
June Shelley ...
(as June Elliott)


A helicopter rescue team tries to save the survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Japan during a raging typhoon.

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Plunge into hell with the most fearless breed of men on earth!


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25 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Tuesday Weld originally announced for Shirley Knight role. See more »


Sergeant Mike Takashima: Mike Takashima... father Japanese, mother Polish.
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A Lot Of Baggage
11 August 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In 1964 at Ashiya Air Force Rescue station in Japan, another Flight From Ashiya is launched when word of survivors on a raft in the North China Sea is heard. Two planes are given the mission.

While on the way in flashback we see the lives of three of the men on the rescue mission with various incidents from their past. The three are Colonel Richard Widmark, Lieutenant George Chakiris, and Sergeant Yul Brynner.

You're supposed to take only essentials, but in this situation all three men are taking a lot of baggage along. Both Widmark and Brynner met and lost their true loves during World War II and Chakiris blames himself for the deaths of several people during another mission ten years earlier that both Widmark and Brynner were on.

There are some very nice flying and rescue sequences in Flight From Ashiya, aviation buffs will love this film.

Best performance in the film has to be Yul Brynner the half Japanese half Polish American sergeant who decided to make a career of the Armed Services even after World War II. My guess is that Brynner probably served in the 443rd Division of Nisei and served in Italy as well as North Africa where his flashback takes place.

Widmark was a civilian pilot who ran an airline in the Phillipines before World War II where he met Shirley Knight. What happens to both of them after Pearl Harbor and the invasion of the Phillipines shapes Widmark's attitudes.

Last year Dennis Quaid and Ashton Kutcher did a film about the Coast Guard Rescue Force called Swimmer. A lot of Flight From Ashiya was incorporated into that film. That was a worthy successor to Flight From Ashiya.

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