Spy Sorge (2003)

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Credited cast:
Hidemi Ozaki
Kippei Shîna ...
Mitsusada Yoshikawa
Takaya Kamikawa ...
Tokko T
Toshiya Nagasawa ...
Riona Hazuki ...
Hanako Miyake
Yoshiko Yamazaki
Yui Natsukawa ...
Hideko Ozaki
Takaaki Enoki ...
Duke Fumimaro Konoye
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Duke Kinmochi Sai-onji
Mrs. Konoe
Eugen Ott
Karen Friesicke ...
Helma Ott
Wolfgang S. Zechmayer ...
Max Klausen (as Wolfgang Zechmayer)
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Release Date:

14 June 2003 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Sorge - Spion aus Leidenschaft  »

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JPY 2,000,000,000 (estimated)

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$285,697 (Japan) (13 June 2003)


$2,540,521 (Japan) (25 July 2003)

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Good history, bad acting
16 June 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

As the previous reviewer noted, the history is quite interesting. Especially concerning the political intrigues within the Japanese government and the context that lead to things like the 2.26 incident. However the acting in many parts was horrible bad. I don't know if this is because many actors aren't native English speakers so they can't act right when speaking in English or something, but I felt that many parts were just over done and had the feeling that the actors were amateurs. Plus there were way too many pointless scenes mixed in (the still scene of Nijubashi was put in there for countless times). Maybe in a Manga you'd put in those scenes to provide context, but certainly not in film.

Some people might say that this movie white washes Japan's role/behavior in WWII, but I that's not the point of the film. WWII and the 30s were just the backdrop to the story of Sorge and Ozaki, people whose sympathy for the poor had mislead them to risk their own lives and the wellbeing of their families to serve an ultimately futile cause.

The moral I got from this story is, don't give in to temptations to serve some greater cause and throw away the truly important things in life like love and family. Richard Sorge wanted to change the world, all he managed to accomplish was to ruin himself and the lives of the women who loved him, along with Ozaki who trusted him.

Personally I felt really bad for Katya, Hanako, Yoshiko, and Mrs. Ozaki. They really didn't deserve it.

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