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Desertion at Dawn (1950)

Akatsuki no dasso (original title)
Mikami, a Japanese soldier serving in China, is captured by the Chinese. Although he is able to escape, his troubles are far from over. He returns to his unit but is treated with contempt ... See full summary »

Director:

Senkichi Taniguchi

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa, Taijirô Tamura (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ryô Ikebe ... Mikami
Shirley Yamaguchi ... Harumi (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
Eitarô Ozawa ... Adjutant (as Sakae Ozawa)
Hajime Izu Hajime Izu ... Oda
Haruo Tanaka ... Noro
Setsuko Wakayama Setsuko Wakayama ... Kaoru
Harue Tone Harue Tone ... Yuri
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Mikami, a Japanese soldier serving in China, is captured by the Chinese. Although he is able to escape, his troubles are far from over. He returns to his unit but is treated with contempt for the disgrace of having been captured. Mikami falls in love with Harumi, a prostitute. She tries to convince him to desert from the army, with fatal results. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Despite collaborating with Senkichi Taniguchi on the original script for 'Desertion at Dawn,' Akira Kurosawa's name was later omitted as co-writer at the beginning of the fourth script in January 1949. This was due to the fact that the script had to be rewritten at least seven times between September 1948 (when it was first submitted to the American CIE censors) and January 1950 when the film was eventually released. During this period Kurosawa began production on his own films and could not continue to contribute after the third script was ordered to be rewritten. See more »

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Remade as Story of a Prostitute (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Rabauru kouta (aka: Rabaul song)
Composed by Komao Shimaguchi
Chorus on a truck
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 January 1950 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Desertion at Dawn See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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