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Paper Tiger (1975)

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
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Foreign Minister
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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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Adventure | Drama

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5 November 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tigre de papel  »

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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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Ando receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

Soundtracks

My Little Friend
(closing theme)
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by the Ray Conniff Singers
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Intriguing, forgotten thriller
4 January 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

PAPER TIGER is an intriguing little comedy thriller with an unusual storyline. The film as a whole has a number of diverse ingredients which gel together quite well and lead up to a satisfying whole. It's entirely forgotten these days, despite the starring roles and the presence of Hollywood director Ken Annakin (SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON), which is a bit of a shame.

David Niven nails his character just right in playing a Walter Mitty type who regales his associates with stories of derring-do in the war (the flashback scenes are very funny). He travels to a made-up Far Eastern country to become English tutor to a Japanese ambassador, and the film chronicles their friendship. Ando, the child actor, stars in his only screen role and is very endearing, but all eyes are on the excellent Toshiro Mifune playing his father. I noted that Mifune nearly got his son kidnapped in Kurosawa's HIGH & LOW, well it really does happen here!

The film has a fairly slow first half although the second half picks up with all manner of terrorist activities and some choppy action. The latter scenes with Niven and Ando are very well handled and the film narrowly avoids being overly sentimental, remaining funny instead. The Malaysian locations standing in for the made-up country are fun and Hardy Kruger is great as a reporter. Overall, PAPER TIGER is a fun, warming little thriller with Niven on top form.


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