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Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger recalls the plots of vintage Shirley Temple vehicles in its cutesy relationship between English tutor David Niven and an 11-year-old Japanese moppet (Ando), kidnapped together during turmoil in [Kulagong, a fictitious] Southeast Asian country.

With:
David Niven Toshiro Mifune Hardy Kruger Ando Jeff Corey Irene Tsu

Paper Tiger recalls the plots of vintage Shirley Temple vehicles in its cutesy relationship between English tutor David Niven and an 11-year-old Japanese moppet (Ando), kidnapped together during turmoil in [Kulagong, a fictitious] Southeast Asian country.

Ando, like Temple, is dimpled, plucky, clever, and more resourceful than any of the adults in the story. He has a fresh, engaging personality, and it isn’t his fault the camera moons over him at every opportunity.

Niven tries hard to breathe subtlety into his coward-turned-hero role, but is impeded by the lame screenplay and plodding direction. Toshiro Mifune, playing Ando’s ambassador father, acts like his mind is elsewhere.

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Paper Tiger

UK

Production: Shalako/Maclean. Director Ken Annakin; Producer Euan Lloyd; Screenplay Jack Davies; Camera John Cabrera; Editor Alan Pattillo; Music Roy Budd; Art Director Herbert Smith

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: David Niven Toshiro Mifune Hardy Kruger Ando Jeff Corey Irene Tsu

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