During World War II, Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn (Sir Dirk Bogarde), a British officer stationed in Asia, is recruited by Army Intelligence, is tasked with learning Japanese to interrogate Japanese P.O.W.s and he falls in love with his pretty Japanese teacher "Sabby" (Suzuki San) (Yôko Tani).
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During World War II, the Japanese forces push their way into Burma and threaten to invade British India at the end of 1942. Caught in a flood of war refugees fleeing Burma, R.A.F. Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn (Sir Dirk Bogarde) and a fellow Officer are retreating toward the Burma-India border. The disorganized column marching under the intense scorching sun runs into a Japanese ambush. Under a hail of fire, they all scatter in all directions. Quinn and his comrade head for the desert. After a few gruelling hours of walking in the infernal desert, they finally reach a British Army outpost. In 1943, Quinn is sent for a bit of rest and relaxation. He's spending his time skiing in the Indian mountains and relaxing at the New Everest Hotel where his Indian orderly, Bahadur (Marne Maitland), constantly spoils him. Fellow R.A.F. Flying Officer Peter Munroe (John Fraser) shows up at the hotel and informs Quinn that no one is leaving for Britain yet. Munroe also tells Quinn that the two of ...Written by
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Toward the film's end, Dirk Bogarde and two others are captured by the Japanese. The Japanese officer questions them in the first scene with Bogarde standing on the viewer's right. After their Indian driver runs away and is shot, the next scene moves back to the two British officers, and Bogarde is now seen standing on the left. See more »
I was 17 years in Tokyo and I got so used to squatting Japanese fashion on the floor that an ordinary chair would give me pins and needles.
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Opening credits prologue: BURMA 1942
"Though on the sign it is written: 'Don't pluck these blossoms'- it is useless against the wind, which cannot read."
Dirk Bogarde is an officer during World War II learning Japanese in India in order to do intelligence work on the Indian front.
While there he gets a Japanese teacher, who is full of the inscrutable and mysterious East, like a Chinese motorcycle. Some scenes are pretty fruity in between the Indian travelogue and the first scene doesn't fit into the plot properly, in fact it doesn't seem to have any relevance at all (lost in editing perhaps?).
In the war scenes, the Japanese are honourable, like in "Bridge Across The River Kwai", not at all like they actually were, and the British are all very 'pukka' and respectable - it's strictly popular fare.
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