Review: ‘Behind the Rising Sun’

Screenplay is from factual information contained in book by James R. Young, International News Service correspondent in Tokyo for several years prior to the war's outbreak at Pearl Harbor. Although foreword points out that the characters are imaginary, facts woven into the dramatics are real. Result is a good drama of inside info on Jap indoctrination and thinking.

Screenplay is from factual information contained in book by James R. Young, International News Service correspondent in Tokyo for several years prior to the war’s outbreak at Pearl Harbor. Although foreword points out that the characters are imaginary, facts woven into the dramatics are real. Result is a good drama of inside info on Jap indoctrination and thinking.

Story is an intimate affair of a Jap family of the upper class; and the impress of the conquests in Asia and war against the United States on both father and son. Father is influential newspaper publisher (J. Carrol Naish), while son is Cornell-educated Tom Neal. When latter arrives from America after completing college education and figures to embark on career as an engineer with Don Douglas, there are family objections for a time. But when Neal further falls in love with lower-caste Jap girl (Margo) marriage is impossible.

Behind the Rising Sun

Production

RKO. Director Edward Dmytryk; Screenplay Emnett Lavery; Camera Russell Metty; Editor Joseph Noriega; Music Roy Webb

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Margo Tom Neal J. Carrol Naish Robert Ryan Gloria Holden
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