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Paper Tiger (1975)

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A somewhat prim and proper Englishman is hired as the tutor to the son of the Japanese ambassador. His life changes when he and the boy are kidnapped by terrorists for political purposes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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'Major' Walter Bradbury
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Ambassador Kagoyama
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Müller
Ando ...
Koichi Kagoyama
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Talah
Ivan Desny ...
Foreign Minister
Miiko Taka ...
Mme. Kagoyama
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Mr. King
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Mrs. King
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Sergeant Forster
Jeannine Siniscal ...
Foreign Minister's Girl
Kurt Christian ...
Harok
Mika Kitagawa ...
Ambassador's Secretary
Eric Soh ...
Pathet
Salleh Ben Joned ...
Sokono (as Salleh Joned)
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A somewhat prim and proper Englishman is hired as the tutor to the son of the Japanese ambassador. His life changes when he and the boy are kidnapped by terrorists for political purposes.

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They all saw him as a hero ... but could he live up to it?

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5 November 1975 (USA)  »

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Kurt Christian and a number of others are re-voiced by Robert Rietty See more »

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My Little Friend
(closing theme)
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by the Ray Conniff Singers
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As simple as a paper animal, but as warm as any living one

The story is admittedly very simple: elderly British "Major" Walter Bradbury (David Niven) is engaged by the Japanese ambassador to an unnamed Southeast Asian country, Kagoyama (Toshirô Mifune) as tutor to his enchanting 11-year-old son Koichi (Kazuhito Ando). "Mister Bladbelly" soon wins the reverence of the ever-trusting and perfectly-mannered Koichi by spinning yarns about his heroic wartime exploits that could hardly be further removed from his quiet nonentitous life, but is unexpectedly and severely put to the test when they are both kidnapped by guerrillas.

However simple though, the story is still a good one and it is fantastically well and charmingly acted by all three of the main characters. Anybody who has known a paper tiger, especially the more amiable types who, like Niven, have twinkles in their eyes gently hinting at their harmless fraud, will surely warm to his authentic depiction of one.

Paper Tiger is a gripping story, alternately funny, tense and moving, but above all it is a thoroughly warm-hearted and tenderly told tale of redemption.

Edmund Marlowe, author of Alexander's Choice, a novel of Eton.


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