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Typhoon Over Nagasaki (1957)

Typhon sur Nagasaki (original title)
Pierre Marsac, a French engineer working for the Nagasaki shipbuilding yards, has fallen in love both with Japan and a charming Japanese girl named Noriko. But Françoise Fabre, a French ... See full summary »


Yves Ciampi




Complete credited cast:
Danielle Darrieux ... Françoise Fabre
Jean Marais ... Pierre Marsac
Keiko Kishi ... Noriko Sakurai
Gert Fröbe ... Ritter
Sô Yamamura ... Hori
Hitomi Nozoe Hitomi Nozoe ... Saeko Sakurai
Kumeko Urabe ... Fujita


Pierre Marsac, a French engineer working for the Nagasaki shipbuilding yards, has fallen in love both with Japan and a charming Japanese girl named Noriko. But Françoise Fabre, a French journalist and Pierre's former lover, contacts him while visiting the Land of the Rising Sun. They meet again, find out their love might not be dead. Meanwhile, Pierre gradually becomes estranged from sweet, humble Noriko. One day, a typhoon strikes Nagasaki... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

6 February 1957 (France) See more »

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Typhoon Over Nagasaki See more »

Filming Locations:

A-Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, Japan See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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The starting point of the screenplay was Thomas Raucat's novel "L'honorable partie de campagne" about a Frenchman discovering Japan in 1925. But it was modified to such an extent that it is not even mentioned in the credits. See more »


Referenced in En direct de...: Chez Yves Ciampi (1956) See more »

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A surprising movie
21 August 2006 | by Cristi_CiopronSee all my reviews

Typhon Sur Nagasaki is one of the most surprising masterpieces of the '50s.I wasn't expecting something so good,and so tasty.This is the actor that was Marais!This is the actress that Mrs. Darrieux was!

Incandescent and hurtful love,intensity,sharp and realist psychology,typhoon,exoticism,intentness.Nothing has aged;everything is perfectly up to date.

Shocking,original,unconventional,lucid,without illusions,surprising.

Typhon Sur Nagasaki denotes perspicacity,shows intelligence,brio and taste.It has much gusto.

The colors of this fruity movie are marvelous.

The way Typhon Sur Nagasaki uses the spectacular (the typhoon) is intelligent,far-reaching and fascinating.The movie also makes some use of embellishments:cheap tricks of touristic advertising,ready-made "exoticism",facile lures (a Japanese dinner,ceremonies at a temple,a Golliwog show,etc.,everything that pleases the ordinary tourist).It is stupefying the very intelligent and creative way all these are used.

The high level is kept up constantly.Yves Ciampi makes a vivid and suspenseful work of intensity and psychology and acute observations and truth, out of ordinary exotic and touristic ingredients. The skilled director does not dodge the ingredients of banal, ungrateful touristic advertising exoticism; on the contrary,this courageous man builds with such ordinary ingredients,he uses them amazingly.This is a shocking aesthetic defiance.

The debonair engineer is a lordly,sinewy man,always well-dressed (Marais looked good with his red shirts and leather jacket).His ex-mistress,who arrives from France,wants to gain him back.She eats humble pie.Marsac hopes,at first,to be able to get off lightly.But little by little,he actually slides in her arms again.Things begin to look squally.

As Marsac,Marais outstrips by far Bogart's acting in "Casablanca".

Mrs. Darrieux's role ,as a selfish,self-assertive,full-length woman in heats,and a good-looker,is surpassing,and outweighs the "bitches in heats" roles made by Mrs. Taylor or Mrs. Leigh.

All the actors give knock-out performances (Keiko Kishi,Fröbe).

The scriptwriter,the director,the actors (Mrs. Darrieux,Mrs. Keiko Kishi),the music are jewelery.

Typhon Sur Nagasaki gave me what I wished,and fully.

The movie has also a strange dimension,alluded to by Typhon Sur Nagasaki 's lapidary motto taken from Kipling.

"House of Bamboo ","Sayonara","Hiroshima...","Typhon Sur Nagasaki".

Seeing "Nagasaki",I also understood why I didn't like "Casablanca":I was awaiting for something else,and this something else is "Nagasaki",I was waiting for Marais and Mrs. Darrieux.

I already was very fond of Marais;since "Nagasaki",I am a fan of Mrs. Darrieux,also.

It is unfair that the man who did Typhon Sur Nagasaki came to be known for ...Fantomas and ...Le Bossu.

(Prior to seeing "Typhon Sur Nagasaki ",my favorite Marais show was,since I was 13 years old,in '92,"Balsamo",that was so much fun.)

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