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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.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Edward Anhalt, Ronald Kirkbride (novel)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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She Violated Every Tradition of Her Honor and Country With a Man Who Had Neither! See more »

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Sturges intended to show in this movie women playing some kind of male characters. See more »

Quotes

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 ...
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More than just an escapist romantic drama
26 July 2003 | by victordanemoreSee all my reviews

Laurence Harvey is a half-Russian, half-Chinese photographer who has been waiting 12 years to immigrate from Japan to the USA. Embittered by the death of his parents during the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, he is now caught between desire for a US Embassy official (Martha Hyer) & growing love for a high-born Japanese girl (France Nuyen). Much more than an escapist romantic melodrama, it explores issues such as the difference in socio-economic classes & its effect on some people, modernity & freedom vs. tradition & culture. Beautifully filmed in Tokyo, Kyoto & the lake region, this movie will have you booking a flight on the next Japan Airlines flight.

Unfortunately, Paramount Studios has NOT released a wide screen DVD of this little seen & underrated film.


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