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Stopover Tokyo

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Robert Wagner and Joan Collins co-star in this spy mystery set in Japan. A loving look at Tokyo and the surrounding countryside.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Wagner, Joan Collins, Edmond O'Brien, Ken Scott, Reiko Oyama
  • Directors: Richard L. Breen
  • Writers: Richard L. Breen, Walter Reisch, John P. Marquand
  • Producers: Walter Reisch
  • Format: Color, Restored, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6XPY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stopover Tokyo" on IMDb

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor Danemore on September 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Robert Wagner as an American secret agent, Joan Collins is eye candy, Edmond O'Brien as an assassination conspirator and Ken Scott as another Intelligence agent but somewhat dubious. Litte Reiko Oyama is winning as the orphaned girl. It is wonderful to see Japan of 50 years ago - beautiful, intriguing, traditional. I wish more
movies such "A Girl Named Tamiko" were released on DVD sooner instead of later.

We cannot look at American-Japanese relations through 2007 eyes; the circumstances were vastly different.
This movie was set in a Japan after we defeated the Japanese in World War II, when the USA still had a high commissioner helping to govern a country new to western democracy, when there may have been factions willing to undermine stability.
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It is a pleasure to see post war Japan, specifically beautiful classic Kyoto, complete with traditional gardens, carp, a Japanese girl singing in a kimono, ladies wearing kimonos at parties and some old wooden houses. Robert Wagner is easy in the eyes, but in my opinion too young to be the CIA agent sent over to deal with a possible communist front operation.
South African-born Joan Collins plays a transportation coordinator at the Japanese airport. She longs for love and marriage with a non-Japanese. The men she meets are all coming and going with work plus they're lready married alas. She is meant to be a knockout for male viewers. That she is but the young conscientious CIA mr. Wagner doesn't want to play and has been instructed to feign a marriage and children stateside.
The plot is a plodding one and the modern viewer may start fast forwarding the DVD without losing much. The original John Marquand novel is a much Better story but this is the film industry playing fast and easy with books. If you have read a lot before getting hooked on films, you know that it is always a big insult or injustice to the original novel.
On the other hand I must say that without the release of these old films, someone like me would never even hear about the original Mr.Moto series by Marquand. That is a pity, how quickly books become obscure and irrelevant, when they're much more interesting about the politics of those times and the cultural stereotypes.
I didn't find the love interest very intense no matter the two main actors' good looks. Something was definitely lacking on the male side.
The plot is plodding but the scenery beautiful. Old Japan is vanishing but still there in the mountains and faraway villages. The schoolchildren all lined up in their uniforms singing is still charming.
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By Kay's Husband on November 7, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Many years ago, John P. Marquand wrote best selling novels, and many years ago he hit upon a hit series atypical from his other, big, more serious novels, with a character to rival Charlie Chan. This character's name was Mr. Moto, and the series of 6 novels, between 1935 and 1957, sold quite well for him. He wrote the last of these novels in 1957 and the book went through at least 3 printings, and it was called, 'Stopover Tokyo'. If you were to look closely at the opening credits of this film, though they have rewritten the book and renamed it, Marquand is given his credit for the book's authorship. But as with many things brought to the screen from a book, it is very unevenly done, the finished product suffers a disconnection from that rewriting. In fact the book's main character, Mr. Moto, is completely left out of the movie. The movie is based loosely, very loosely, on Marquand's final Mr. Moto book, "Right You Are, Mr. Moto".

For most people the film is very colorful, and the acting is adequate, but still it remains somewhat uneven. It attempts to tell the situation after WWII when the cold war was in "early" progress, but translates that mainly into and through an espionage film. I'm old enough to have lived through all that (even serving in the military during the Cuban Missle Crisis) and for me that simplistic approach just doesn't work. You cannot reduce it all down to a "K-section and Sam Durell" approach and expect it to be successful. With such simplistic approach, too much I fear is left out, and this movie leaves much out. Also the ending of the movie, is really no ending at all. It suffers badly that nothing is really decided for sure. Much is left hanging with the viewer leaving Japan almost where he or she entered Japan.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheClassicsNut65 on July 23, 2012
Format: DVD
"Stopover Tokyo" is a beautifully produced DeLuxe color-CinemaScope produced film that was shot in Kyoto, Japan in 1957. The film's beautiful sets and stars, Robert Wagner, Joan Collins, and Edmond O'Brien, are worth the purchase, I guess? About their acting and the feature's pre-James Bond story, however, well, I suppose, I shouldn't say. What I would have to say about them would be... in plain English: not nice! But if you want my slight and somewhat nicer opinion, I'll say the entire cast is over-acting! Even Joan Collins does terribly with the poor script that is given to her. This just proves the fact that some actresses/actors have to have "good" scripts to make it work! However, I must admit that Collins in one of the most devastatingly beautiful actresses of the 1950s. I also believe she is way underrated, being known too much as a "second Elizabeth Taylor" and a "Marilyn Monroe/Jayne Mansfield back-up". I must admit, however, I am a huge fan of Monroe, Mansfield, and Taylor, but I also think that the studios relied on them way too much and tried to make clones of them way too often. Mansfield herself was a Monroe clone, who eventually broke the mold! Collins never really reached the status as these other actresses and doesn't hold as much of a legacy in films as they do. Collins in perhaps best well-known for starring as Alexis Carrington Colby on the primetime soap opera, "Dynasty", from 1981 to 1989.

But back to the main point of this review, "Stopover Tokyo" can be described in one word over and over: Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! I suggest if you aren't big fans of Wagner and Collins, who shouldn't purchase this film. And, just for the record, the two stars that are given for this review are for Joan Collins and the sets! Everything else surronding the film gets an D- to an F in my book. It's really no surprise that this film made on $1,350,000 at the box office.
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