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A Girl Named Tamiko (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 January 1963 (West Germany)
A Eurasian photographer uses his women in an attempt to get American nationality.


John Sturges


Edward Anhalt, Ronald Kirkbride (novel)




Credited cast:
Laurence Harvey ... Ivan Kalin
France Nuyen ... Tamiko
Martha Hyer ... Fay Wilson
Gary Merrill ... Max Wilson
Michael Wilding ... Nigel Costairs
Miyoshi Umeki ... Eiko
Steve Brodie ... James Hatten
Lee Patrick ... Mary Hatten
David Lewis ... Minor Role
John Fujioka ... Minya (as John Mamo)
Ray Teal ... Kyle Munce
Richard Loo ... Otani
Philip Ahn ... Akiba
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Theona Bryant Theona Bryant


Laurence Harvey plays a Eurasian photographer who is trapped in Japan, but who wants to emigrate to the United States. His visa is continually delayed, which causes him to use his charm with women to pull some strings and apply some pressure on the embassy. His romantic magnetism works on a thrill-seeking American and an aristocratic Japanese woman. Written by Anonymous

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Nigel Costairs: Well, you've got to start somewhere.
Ivan Kalin: At the top! I'm not a kid anymore. And America's the place to do it in. There's only one thing I need.
Nigel Costairs: I can let you have a little money.
Ivan Kalin: Thanks. But I can get money if I can get a reputation. And that's what I have to leave with, if I expect to be anything in America.
Nigel Costairs: There's a desperation about all this. It isn't like you.
Ivan Kalin: You're an Englishman. Sapporo's Japanese. I have no country. I've nothing.
Nigel Costairs: Those are just words, Ivan.
Ivan Kalin: Feelings. And very few people can ...
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Referenced in Las salvajes en Puente San Gil (1966) See more »

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Man torn between love and career in post war Japan
25 June 1999 | by Rod-54See all my reviews

This film looks as if it could have come from a more interesting book or play. A Russian photographer is trapped in post-war Tokyo and embittered both by Japan's role in the horrors of the recent war and by its close knit society and the limitations it places on his career. He seeks US citizenship and the professional freedom he perceives that it offers. He becomes torn between an American woman with very idiosyncratic social circumstances but who can offer him transit to the US and a comparatively westernised upper class Japanese girl. The portrayal of the sleazier side of Tokyo life, and especially expatriate life, of the time is interesting and probably representative. For the time it was made this is a particularly "adult" film. Worth a look.

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Release Date:

25 January 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen Tamiko See more »

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Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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