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During WW2, 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, RAF Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn 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 grueling hours of walking in the infernal desert, they finally reach a British Army outpost. In 1943, Quinn is sent for a bit of R&R. He's spending his time skiing in the Indian mountains and relaxing at the New Everest Hotel where his Indian orderly, Bahadur, constantly spoils him. Fellow RAF pilot Peter Munroe shows up at the hotel and informs Quinn that no one is leaving for Britain yet. Munroe also tells Quinn that the 2 of them have been selected to join a group of British officers who will learn the Japanese ...Written by
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Dirk Bogarde in India circa 1943 training to fight the Japanese, falls in love with a self-exiled Japanese woman (his instructor at military language school).
Bogarde can infuse any performance with interest and tension. Yoko Tani, the female lead, is not a great actress but hits the right tone. Those familiar with Japan and the Japanese will appreciate that care was taken in the film to make it authentic -- real Japanese actors speaking real and quite appropriate Japanese.
Very well photographed with some great scenes of India. A diverting, although not brilliant, film.
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