This has its share of shortcomings; there’s now and again a bit of fuzziness in character development and plot detail. But these may well be overlooked, for the story of emotional conflicts in modern-day Japan is a fairly arresting work.
Laurence Harvey’s character is not one immediately easy to accept and this is one of the flaws. As Ivan Kalin, he’s a Chinese-Russian photographer and looks, speaks and romances like a British matinee idol.
The girl of the title is France Nuyen, thoroughly enchanting as the librarian whose family adheres to the Japanese traditions while she breaks away to engage in the romance with Harvey. Martha Hyer, as an American girl, very much on the loose in flitting from man to man, handles the part fittingly.
Gary Merrill fits in as a brooding business man who cares and yearns for Hyer only to have her walk out on him. Michael Wilding is a British art dealer with a distaste for the devious measures taken by Harvey in order to get his much-wanted visa to go to the United States. Miyoshi Umeki is a cutie who does the co-habitat bit with Wilding. These two make for a colorful pair and their East-West mating game is rendered plausibly.