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Stopover Tokyo (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | December 1957 (Austria)
An American intelligence agent is sent to Tokyo to track down a Communist spy ring.

Director:

Richard L. Breen

Writers:

Richard L. Breen (screenplay), Walter Reisch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Mark Fannon
Joan Collins ... Tina Llewellyn
Edmond O'Brien ... George Underwood
Ken Scott ... Tony Barrett
Reiko Oyama Reiko Oyama ... Koko
Larry Keating ... High Commissioner
Sarah Selby ... High Commissioner's Wife
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Storyline

In the post-world-war-two years, the United States and Japan make efforts to strengthen their friendship and to become allies against the Communist threat exacerbated by the onset of the Cold War. Famous Japanese sculptor Katsura creates a new sculpture symbolizing the growing friendship between Japan and the United States. The memorial features an eternal flame. The U.S. High Commissioner to Japan is given the honor and he agrees to light the monument's eternal flame. The Communist spy network in Japan sees an opportunity to sabotage the ceremony and to attempt to assassinate the U.S. High Commissioner. Communist agent George Underwood is entrusted with this task. At the same time, U.S. Intelligence officer Mark Fannon makes a stopover in Tokyo while on a flight to Korea. Due to the fact that he's lacking the mandatory Letter of Entry in order to enter or transit Japan, Fannon requests and receives the assistance of Tina Llewellyn, an English-speaking assistant travel manager of ... Written by nufs68

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At Last It Can Be Told - John P. Marquand's Great Story of How the U.S.C.I.C. Led the Crackdown on What's Happening in Postwar Japan Today!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

December 1957 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Geheimring Nippon See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,055,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was based on the last of the "Mr. Moto" novels, "Stopover Tokyo", published in 1955, featuring a middle aged Moto. The film version deletes the Moto character entirely! See more »

Quotes

Mark Fannon: flew 8000 miles to kiss a girl on a staircase.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) See more »

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The Washington Post
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Written by John Philip Sousa
Played at the beginning of the ceremony sequence
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Pretty but pretty dull
27 October 2014 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

Previous reviews have accurately pointed out the weaknesses of this film which has been attractively photographed in Japanese locations. Alas, one aspect of the photography only adds to the film's torpor. Too often, dialog is carried out by two characters, one of them on the left side of the CinemaScope screen and the other on the right. The lack of close-ups and a minimum of editing tend to make these scenes stiff and lifeless.

However, there is an extended sequence in a steam-room in which Robert Wagner and Ken Scott are seen with white towels wrapped around their waists. As "beefcake" goes, it's not all that much, but, hey, you take your pleasures wherever you can find 'em.


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