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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
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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 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


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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Release Date:

14 June 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Richard Sorge - Spion aus Leidenschaft See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office


JPY2,000,000,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital


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Historical FIlms and their Context
10 January 2005 | by gogolcSee all my reviews

This film was financed mostly if not completely by a German TV Network and was produced to be aired in more than one showings. Because of this the film seems to be a bit too long when seen in one session. The slow and overly posed acting becomes unnatural, never mind the fastidious obsession about superfluous details to fill the lack of content in many scenes. Visually is gorgeous if you like that kind of nostalgic images of objects and fashions: every body dresses as a designer model.

This historical film is more political in its intentions than historical. It is precisely because it is addressed to a German audience that its anti-communist message over-shadows Dr. Sorge spies exploits, his warning to Stalin that Nazi Germany would attack the Soviet Union on 20 June 1941, that Japan will not attack the Soviet Union in Manchuria but instead will attack Pearl Harbor in November 1941 seems to matter little to director Masahiro Shinoda. One wonders how a German audience may have received this film with the explicit message that the man who contributed to Hitler's military defeat in the East did so because he was a confused idealist.

Akira Kurosawa' s "No Regrets for our Youth" (1946) addressed part of this drama from the Japanese side. Kurosawa's views on idealism are or at least were at the time very different from Shinoda's. But of course we should never forget that history has to be judged in its context and 57 years can blur history in more than one country.

The movie should be interesting for an American audience. Even Miss Agnes Smedly appears in Shanghai and given the fact Miss Smedly is all but almost completely forgotten in America, except as feminist, the film brings a small but essential bit of American idealism to Dr. Richard Sorge's spy ring.

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