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Tokyo Joe [DVD]

Humphrey Bogart , Sessue Hayakawa , Stuart Heisler    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Sessue Hayakawa, Alexander Knox
  • Directors: Stuart Heisler
  • Format: PAL, Rental
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paladium
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053PG5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,775 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Drama starring Humphrey Bogart as Joe Barrett, an American who returns to Tokyo three years after the Second World War and attempts to pick up threads of his life in the city before the war. He hopes to return to his bar, Tokyo Joe's, and his wife Trina (Florence Marly), with whom he has a seven-year-old daughter - but circumstances have changed greatly since he left and he runs into troubles of both a personal and a political nature as he struggles to straighten things out.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Bogart-film 24 Mar 2010
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Before I bought this DVD I never heard of Palladium, the company that released this DVD. Unlike some other smaller companies, Palladium offers a movie in superb quality. Only a pity there are no subtitles. But that wouldn't hold me from buying more of their releases.

About the movie: "Tokyo Joe" is a nice film, which I could watch again in a few years time. It's not a "Maltese falcon" or "Big sleep", but nevertheless a very watchable movie. If you haven't seen it, you'll have an entertaining one-and-a-half hour with this if you should buy it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Joe Barrett sure knows how to woo `em.

Humphrey Bogart made some doozies in the late Forties and early Fifties. He liked to keep working, but either he or his agent had some lousy taste: Chain Lighting (1950). Sirocco (1951). Battle Circus (opposite June Allyson, no less) (1953). Tokyo Joe fits right in. It's not just that these movies are hackwork, but Bogart's iconic mug is showing his age. He was 50 when he made Tokyo Joe. He can snarl, threaten, sneer and go wooing with the best, better, in fact, than the best, but it's Silly Symphonies when he undertakes judo or throws more than one or two punches.

With Tokyo Joe we're not just talking stunt doubles. Every shot in Tokyo with a guy in a trench coat wearing a hat where we can't see a face is a fake Bogart. There are a lot of them. Every shot of Bogart facing the camera with Tokyo in the background is just Bogart on a Hollywood sound stage with backscreen projection. There are a lot more of these. All that backscreen stuff is handled carelessly.

Like most strong actors, Bogart worked best, in my opinion, when he had strong actors to react with. Tokyo Joe doesn't give him much. Florence Marly is the love interest. She's beautiful, but so icy she could give your lips frostbite. Alexander Knox (Mark Landis), who competes for Florence Marly, was a fine actor, but always so civilized, often stuffy, sometimes weak.

What's it all about? Bogie as Joe Barrett returns to Tokyo right after fighting in the last good war to check on the gambling bar, Tokyo Joe's, which he used to own. He'd always felt Tokyo was his home. It's a sad homecoming. The woman he'd married, Trina Pechinkov (Marly), a White Russian émigré in Japan, he'd heard was dead. Instead, she'd been imprisoned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bogie 11 Jan 2014
By joe
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Well what can you say about the greatest actor that ever lived whatever film he starred in was excellent and this is no exception well worth the few pounds it cost
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5.0 out of 5 stars On time delivery 3 Mar 2013
By Airwalk
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Everything OK I am really happy with the DVD. Came on time ... love this movie saw it many years ago and wanted to see the movie again!
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