A romantic war-time drama set in 1943 India where a grounded flyer falls for and marries a beautiful Japanese language tutor suffering from an incurable brain disease.
- Drippy, but sweetly exotic romance
Dirk Bogarde in India circa 1943 training to fight the Japanese, falls in love with a self-exiled Japanese woman (his instructor at military language school).
Bogarde can infuse any performance with interest and tension. Yoki Tani, the female lead, is not a great actress but hits the right tone. Those familiar with Japan and the Japanese will appreciate that care was taken in the film to make it authentic -- real Japanese actors speaking real and quite appropriate Japanese.
Very well photographed with some great scenes of India. A diverting, although not brilliant, film.
cast: Dirk Bogarde .... Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn
Yoko Tani .... Sabbi
Ronald Lewis .... Leader Fenwick
John Fraser .... Officer Peter Munroe
Anthony Bushell .... Brigadier
Heihachiro Okawa .... Lieutenant Nakamura (as Henry Okawa)
Marne Maitland .... Bahadur
Michael Medwin .... Officer Lamb.
Runtime: 108 min