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Tokyo Joe (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Academy Award(r) winner Humphrey Bogart (1951 Best Actor, The African Queen) stars as a World War II Air Corps hero whose decision to confront his past hurls him into a corrupt world in the dramatic TOKYO JOE. Bogart is pilot Joe Barret, who returns to Tokyo years after leaving the country believing his wife, Trina died in a Japanese concentration camp. But when Bogart learns that she is alive,remarried, and the mother of his seven-year-old daughter Anya, he's determined to win her back and resume their life together. His efforts are thwarted when former Japanese Secret Service head BaronKimura (Sessue Hayakawa) threatens to expose and endanger Trina for making wartime propaganda broadcasts. Kimura forces Bogart to set up a bogus air freight service to transport three Japanese war criminals, and kidnaps Anya to seal his plans. To save his daughter, Bogart single-handedly challenges Kimura in a highly-charged judo match with fatal consequences.
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The movie kicks off in 1948, as Joe Barret comes back after 7 years away to occupied Tokyo to take care of some unfinished business, soon getting into a playful Judo bout with his old friend and nightclub partner, Itoh (Teru Shimada). There's more unfinished business than he reckoned on, however, as he finds out that the beautiful wife he thought was dead is still alive. But this is no Madame Butterfly in reverse. The lady in question is Trina, a White Russian played by an actress with great cheekbones but with none of the smouldering quality of Ingrid Bergman. The writers lay on the twists thick and fast as we discover that Trina is now married to an Occupation bigwig, Mark Landis (Alexander Knox), and she has a kid which is Bogey's.
In order to protect Trina from a blackmail scam, Bogey gets sucked into a plot led by the evil Baron Kimura (Sessue Hayakawa) who bears an uncanny resemblance to former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone. This scheme to revive the Black Dragon organization by smuggling Imperialist leaders back into Japan, is implausibly attributed to the Communists. The climax comes when Bogey's chubby little daughter gets kidnapped and Bogey's Japanese nightclub partner blames himself and commits hari-kiri.
"Still covering up for Kimura," Bogey admonishes him as he realises his old buddy won't be helping him with his judo practice anymore. "Don't you understand what guys like that have done for you?Read more ›
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