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Flight from Ashiya (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Romance, Drama | 25 March 1964 (USA)
A flight crew tries to save the survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Japan during a raging typhoon.


Michael Anderson


Elliott Arnold (novel), Elliott Arnold | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Yul Brynner ... TSgt. Mike Takashima
Richard Widmark ... L:t. Col. Glenn Stevenson
George Chakiris ... 2nd Lt. John Gregg
Suzy Parker ... Lucille Caroll
Shirley Knight ... Caroline Gordon / Stevenson
Danièle Gaubert ... Leila
Eiko Taki ... Tomiko
Joe Di Reda ... SSgt. Randy Smith
Mitsuhiro Sugiyama Mitsuhiro Sugiyama ... Charlie
E.S. Ince E.S. Ince ... Capt. Walter Mound
Andrew Hughes Andrew Hughes ... Dr. Horton
William Ross William Ross ... Capt. Jerry Cooper
June Shelley June Shelley ... (as June Elliott)


Flight from Ashiya is a 1964 film about the U.S. Air Force's Air Rescue Service, flying out of Ashiya Air Base, Japan. In this fictionalized film set in the early 1960s, a flight crew's mission is to rescue a life raft of Japanese civilians stranded in rough seas. The Airplane used in the film was the HU-16 Albatross, A flying boat. Written by Dod H

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A Lot Of Baggage
11 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In 1964 at Ashiya Air Force Rescue station in Japan, another Flight From Ashiya is launched when word of survivors on a raft in the North China Sea is heard. Two planes are given the mission.

While on the way in flashback we see the lives of three of the men on the rescue mission with various incidents from their past. The three are Colonel Richard Widmark, Lieutenant George Chakiris, and Sergeant Yul Brynner.

You're supposed to take only essentials, but in this situation all three men are taking a lot of baggage along. Both Widmark and Brynner met and lost their true loves during World War II and Chakiris blames himself for the deaths of several people during another mission ten years earlier that both Widmark and Brynner were on.

There are some very nice flying and rescue sequences in Flight From Ashiya, aviation buffs will love this film.

Best performance in the film has to be Yul Brynner the half Japanese half Polish American sergeant who decided to make a career of the Armed Services even after World War II. My guess is that Brynner probably served in the 443rd Division of Nisei and served in Italy as well as North Africa where his flashback takes place.

Widmark was a civilian pilot who ran an airline in the Phillipines before World War II where he met Shirley Knight. What happens to both of them after Pearl Harbor and the invasion of the Phillipines shapes Widmark's attitudes.

Last year Dennis Quaid and Ashton Kutcher did a film about the Coast Guard Rescue Force called Swimmer. A lot of Flight From Ashiya was incorporated into that film. That was a worthy successor to Flight From Ashiya.

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Release Date:

25 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight from Ashiya See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »


Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Harold Hecht Films, Daiei See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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