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The Wind Cannot Read (1958)

During World War II, Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn (Sir Dirk Bogarde), a British officer stationed in Asia, is recruited by Army Intelligence, is tasked with learning Japanese to interrogate Japanese P.O.W.s and he falls in love with his pretty Japanese teacher "Sabby" (Suzuki San) (Yôko Tani).

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Richard Mason (novel), Richard Mason (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Dirk Bogarde ... Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn
Yôko Tani ... 'Sabby' [Suzuki San] (as Yoko Tani)
Ronald Lewis ... Squadron Leader Fenwick
John Fraser ... Flying Officer Peter Munroe
Anthony Bushell ... The Brigadier
Marne Maitland ... Bahadur
Michael Medwin ... Flying Officer Lamb
Richard Leech ... Hobson
Tony Wager ... Moss (as Anthony Wager)
Tadashi Ikeda Tadashi Ikeda ... Itsumi San
Heihachirô Ôkawa Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Lieutenant Nakamura (as Henry Okawa)
Yoichi Matsue Yoichi Matsue ... Corporal Mori
Donald Pleasence ... The Doctor
Joy Michael Joy Michael ... First Nurse
Avice Landone ... Second Nurse
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During World War II, the Japanese forces push their way into Burma and threaten to invade British India at the end of 1942. Caught in a flood of war refugees fleeing Burma, R.A.F. Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn (Sir Dirk Bogarde) and a fellow Officer are retreating toward the Burma-India border. The disorganized column marching under the intense scorching sun runs into a Japanese ambush. Under a hail of fire, they all scatter in all directions. Quinn and his comrade head for the desert. After a few gruelling hours of walking in the infernal desert, they finally reach a British Army outpost. In 1943, Quinn is sent for a bit of rest and relaxation. He's spending his time skiing in the Indian mountains and relaxing at the New Everest Hotel where his Indian orderly, Bahadur (Marne Maitland), constantly spoils him. Fellow R.A.F. Flying Officer Peter Munroe (John Fraser) shows up at the hotel and informs Quinn that no one is leaving for Britain yet. Munroe also tells Quinn that the two of ... Written by nufs68

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The last movie to play the Roxy Theatre in New York City, New York. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, Sabby's bedside table is first shown with a bowl of fruit on top. At the end of the scene there is a vase with flowers, some drooping, in its place - as well as the wedding ring. See more »

Quotes

Brigadier: I was 17 years in Tokyo and I got so used to squatting Japanese fashion on the floor that an ordinary chair would give me pins and needles.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: BURMA 1942

"Though on the sign it is written: 'Don't pluck these blossoms'- it is useless against the wind, which cannot read."

  • JAPANESE POEM


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The Wind Cannot Read
Written and Composed by Peter Hart
and Sung by Vera Lynn
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A very unusual sort of war film.
12 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn (Dirk Bogarde) has seen a lot of action in the RAF and is itching for something different. So he volunteers for duty with Army Intelligence and goes to school to learn the Japanese language. However, a problem develops when a pretty Japanese language instructor, Sabbi (Yôko Tani) arrives. She and Michael fall in love and marry. So why is this a problem? Well, he never asked for permission to marry through military channels--and might result in him being severely disciplined. So, they keep their marriage a secret and hope for the best. But there are two problems. First, there is an officer who is a total jerk and could LOVE to see Quinn in hot water. Second, something is wrong with Sabbi...something she hasn't told her husband. and then, there's a third problem which comes along a bit later. What's next? Well, see the film and find out for yourself.

What I appreciate most about this film is that it is unique. There must have been a bazillion war movies but so many of them have a sameness about them...but not this one. Well acted, well made and very engaging...this one's worth your time.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1958 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

El viento no sabe leer See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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