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Spy Sorge (2003)

A foreign spy using the Sorge alias is assigned to Tokyo the capital of Japan just prior to the outbreak of World War II and in the midst of the Japanese imperial ambitions in Eastern Asia.... See full summary »


Masahiro Shinoda
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Iain Glen ... Richard Sorge
Masahiro Motoki ... Hidemi Ozaki
Kippei Shîna ... Mitsusada Yoshikawa
Takaya Kamikawa Takaya Kamikawa ... Tokko T
Toshiya Nagasawa Toshiya Nagasawa ... Miyagi
Riona Hazuki Riona Hazuki ... Hanako Miyake
Koyuki ... Yoshiko Yamazaki
Yui Natsukawa ... Hideko Ozaki
Takaaki Enoki Takaaki Enoki ... Duke Fumimaro Konoye
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki ... Duke Kinmochi Sai-onji
Shima Iwashita ... Mrs. Konoe
Ulrich Mühe ... Eugen Ott
Karen Friesicke Karen Friesicke ... Helma Ott
Wolfgang S. Zechmayer ... Max Klausen (as Wolfgang Zechmayer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Baldwin Robert Baldwin
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A foreign spy using the Sorge alias is assigned to Tokyo the capital of Japan just prior to the outbreak of World War II and in the midst of the Japanese imperial ambitions in Eastern Asia. The spy becomes acquainted with a sympathetic communist who like he is attached to the ideals of freedom and rule of the masses. Sorge is able to feed the Soviet Union useful information regarding the Axis allies and their movements in Asia and beyond. Written by aghaemi

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Connais-tu le pays
(from opera "Mignon")
Music by Ambroise Thomas (as A. Tôma)
Performed by Deva-Dassy (as Dova Dasî)
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Good history, bad acting
16 June 2004 | by jz02See all my reviews

As the previous reviewer noted, the history is quite interesting. Especially concerning the political intrigues within the Japanese government and the context that lead to things like the 2.26 incident. However the acting in many parts was horrible bad. I don't know if this is because many actors aren't native English speakers so they can't act right when speaking in English or something, but I felt that many parts were just over done and had the feeling that the actors were amateurs. Plus there were way too many pointless scenes mixed in (the still scene of Nijubashi was put in there for countless times). Maybe in a Manga you'd put in those scenes to provide context, but certainly not in film.

Some people might say that this movie white washes Japan's role/behavior in WWII, but I that's not the point of the film. WWII and the 30s were just the backdrop to the story of Sorge and Ozaki, people whose sympathy for the poor had mislead them to risk their own lives and the wellbeing of their families to serve an ultimately futile cause.

The moral I got from this story is, don't give in to temptations to serve some greater cause and throw away the truly important things in life like love and family. Richard Sorge wanted to change the world, all he managed to accomplish was to ruin himself and the lives of the women who loved him, along with Ozaki who trusted him.

Personally I felt really bad for Katya, Hanako, Yoshiko, and Mrs. Ozaki. They really didn't deserve it.

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Release Date:

14 June 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Richard Sorge - Spion aus Leidenschaft See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


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JPY2,000,000,000 (estimated)

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