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Flight from Ashiya (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Romance, Drama | 25 March 1964 (USA)
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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TSgt. Mike Takashima
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L:t. Col. Glenn Stevenson
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2nd Lt. John Gregg
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Lucille Caroll
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Caroline Gordon / Stevenson
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Leila
Eiko Taki ...
Tomiko
Joe Di Reda ...
SSgt. Randy Smith
Mitsuhiro Sugiyama ...
Charlie
E.S. Ince ...
Capt. Walter Mound
Andrew Hughes ...
Dr. Horton
William Ross ...
Capt. Jerry Cooper
June Shelley ...
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Flight from Ashiya is a 1964 film about the U.S. Air Force's Air Rescue Service, flying out of Ashiya Air Base, Japan. In this fictionalized film set in the early 1960s, a flight crew's mission is to rescue a life raft of Japanese civilians stranded in rough seas. The Airplane used in the film was the HU-16 Albatross, A flying boat. Written by Dod H

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


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25 March 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sacrificio sin gloria  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Tuesday Weld originally announced for Shirley Knight role. See more »

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Sergeant Mike Takashima: Mike Takashima... father Japanese, mother Polish.
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Not a Terribly Bad Movie - Just a little Dated
22 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film is about 3 men flying rescue in the Pacific, just after WWII. A Japanese ship has gone down in a storm, with the survivors clinging to rafts in storm tossed seas.

Airplane aficionado's will like the Martin PBM Mariner footage of flying through the storm to attempt to find the survivors. Yes there is a lot of flashbacks for Richard Widmark's character, as he wrestles with the decision as whether to attempt a landing in the storm tossed seas or not. However, in fairness he was a civilian pilot married to a beautiful photographer, when both were captured by the Japanese and place in an internment (read "work until you die") camp.

Japanese soldiers are usually depicted as introspective souls that carry out their duties only after tortuous reflections on their lives as in "Bridge Over the River Kwai". This movie didn't follow that formula, but didn't get into the real details of camp life either.

Yule Bryner doesn't appear to be Japanese, but then he didn't like the King of Siam either. His character was in French occupied North Africa (Algeria?), and who knows how to accurately depict that torturous time period and mess.

All, in all not a bad picture, and one I remember enjoying staying up late to watch in my childhood in the late 60's, early 70's.


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