Review: ‘Seven Nights in Japan’

Seven Nights in Japan is a beautifully-photographed pastiche bearing little true resemblance to the enigmatic life of bustling Tokyo, where it was lensed.

Seven Nights in Japan is a beautifully-photographed pastiche bearing little true resemblance to the enigmatic life of bustling Tokyo, where it was lensed.

Simplistic plot details the implausible romance between a royal prince (Michael York) who is serving as a naval officer, and a petite Japanese bus guide (Hidemi Aoki) whom he meets when his ship visits Japan. There are also some ludicrous attempts to kill the prince made by a fanatical gang of bungling political cut-throats.

Christopher Wood’s script is sadly lacking in humor and pace and the storyline can only be labeled corny and unreal. York’s acting is suitably princelike although never exceptional while Aoki has occasional moments.

Seven Nights in Japan

UK - France

Production

EMI/Paramount. Director Lewis Gilbert; Producer Lewis Gilbert; Screenplay Christopher Wood; Camera Henri Decae; Editor John Glen; Music David Hentschel

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Michael York Hidemi Aoki Charles Gray Ann Lonnberg Eleonore Hirt James Villiers
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