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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.
It's hard to imagine nowadays that someone so innately bitter and cynical as Humphrey Bogart could be a major movie star--but he was, and the movies were richer for it. In Tokyo Joe, Bogart plays an Air Force colonel who returns to Tokyo after World War II to reclaim a nightclub he'd had to abandon. When he discovers that his former lover, a Russian refugee, is still alive and now married, he sets out to win her back--but in the process gets drawn into a fraudulent air freight scheme that may endanger the stability of post-war Japan, as well as a child he never knew he had. Tokyo Joe isn't a classic, but when the camera catches the lightning in Bogart's eyes or his calm voice twists into a snarl, it's a powerful jolt. His dark persona makes his virtuous acts all the more compelling. --Bret Fetzer
Why was this Humphrey Bogart movie not better received? Some guesses: Returning veterans from the North African and European theaters did not care to see a movie about Japan, and... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Streetwise St. Leigh
I like this mostly for the Judo in it. Bogart was a Sandan in Judo and knew his stuff. But this is a "B"movie. Fast service.Published 4 months ago by Edgar
LUCKY TO FIND THIS BOGEY CLASSIC AT AMAZON. A FABULOUS FILM, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS FILMED MOSTLY IN HOLLYWOOD THE SCENERY SHOT IN JAPAN BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES FOR ME BEING A CHILD... Read morePublished 5 months ago by RJ "BOBBY"
This movie, for me, is more personal than anything else. I was stationed in Japan for approximately 4 years, spoke Japanese BEFORE I got there, though I greatly improved, more-'N-... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Terry Robinson
Anyone else see the vague similarities of Tokyo Joe to Casablanca.
1 Bogart is an expatriate American
2 He owns a club
3 The movie has a love triangle
4... Read more