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Paper Tiger (1975)

A somewhat prim and proper Englishman is hired as the tutor to the son of the Japanese ambassador. His life changes when he and the boy are kidnapped by terrorists for political purposes.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writer:

Jack Davies
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... 'Major' Bradbury
Toshirô Mifune ... The Ambassador (as Toshiro Mifune)
Hardy Krüger ... Muller (as Hardy Kruger)
Ando Ando ... Koichi
Irene Tsu ... Talah
Ivan Desny ... Foreign Minister
Miiko Taka ... Madame Kagoyama
Jeff Corey ... Mr. King
Patricia Donahue ... Mrs. King
Ronald Fraser ... Sergeant Forster
Jeannine Siniscal Jeannine Siniscal ... Foreign Minister's Girl
Kurt Christian ... Harok
Mika Kitagawa Mika Kitagawa ... Ambassador's Secretary
Eric Soh Eric Soh ... Pathet
Salleh Ben Joned Salleh Ben Joned ... Sokono (as Salleh Joned)
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Storyline

A somewhat prim and proper Englishman is hired as the tutor to the son of the Japanese ambassador. His life changes when he and the boy are kidnapped by terrorists for political purposes.

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Taglines:

They all saw him as a hero ... but could he live up to it?

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paper Tiger See more »

Filming Locations:

Malacca, Malaysia See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kurt Christian and a number of others are re-voiced by Robert Rietty See more »

Goofs

When the truck is seen tumbling down the cliff you can see there is nothing underneath the hood (or bonnet) where the engine should be. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a man and a boy.

The events in which they become involved are, unhappily, happening almost daily in some part of the world.

It must therefore be emphasised that all the characters are fictitious, as is the country in which the story takes place.

KULAGONG is somewhere in South East Asia. See more »

Connections

References The Singing Fool (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Theme
(uncredited)
Music by Roy Budd and Jack Fishman (uncredited)
Sung by the Ray Conniff Singers
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The major returns
30 December 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

David Niven of course reached the high point of his career with his Best Actor Oscar for Separate Tables, where he played a blowhard "major' who was a permanent guest at Wendy Hiller's establishment. 18 years later he kind of revives that character when he takes a job as a tutor for Toshiro Mifune's little boy Ando in Paper Tiger.

Like in Separate Tables Niven puts on a great front about his great war exploits which is all a front to hide a deeply flawed man. Here he's doing the same thing for Ando. Mifune is the Japanese ambassador to some Asian island country, not named but I'm guessing Sri Lanka because there is a reference to a Tamil minority that is a rebel faction.

Anyway these rebels or at least this cell of them led by Irene Tsu decide to kidnap the Japanese Ambassador's son to call attention to their prisoners. As we've seen many times, mostly in the Middle East, they'll kill the kid and Niven who was with him at the time unless their comrades are released from prison.

Niven who also appropriates the rank of major in this film as well is actually forced to become the hero he's told Ando he was. He never got that chance in Separate Tables.

I think this might have been aimed at the kiddie market, but it's way too bloody and violent for that. Niven already did that with Please Don't Eat The Daisies and he would do a couple of films for Disney Studios which were certainly better suited than Paper Tiger.

Still it's decently entertaining, but not for the little ones.


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