Flight From Ashiya (1964)

100 mins | Drama | 1964

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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in the Japanese cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Tachikawa. Produced in Japan in 1963 as Ashiya Kara no Hiko ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in the Japanese cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Tachikawa. Produced in Japan in 1963 as Ashiya Kara no Hiko . More Less

DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Ashiya Kara no hiko
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 March 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Daiei Motion Picture Co.
Copyright Date:
20 March 1964
Copyright Number:
LP29365
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
100
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sgt. Mike Takashima, Col. Glenn Stevenson, and Lieut. John Gregg, all members of the U. S. Air Force Rescue Service at Ashiya, Japan, set out to rescue the survivors of a Japanese ship wrecked in a still-raging storm. As they fly to the site of the wreck, each man recalls a part of his past: Gregg remembers the avalanche caused when his helicopter came too close to a mountain. The avalanche subsequently buried alive the group of people whom he was attempting to rescue. The accident has since caused him to fear flying solo. Stevenson, deeply prejudiced against the Japanese, recalls the reason for his hatred: as a civilian pilot in the Philippines prior to World War II, he met and married Caroline Gordon. She and their infant son later died in a Japanese prison camp when they were refused medical supplies which were being saved for Japanese soldiers. Takashima, half-American, half-Japanese, reminisces about his tragic love affair with Leila, an Algerian girl, during World War II. He was unable to stop the blowing up of a bridge where Leila had run to look for him after learning that his unit was being withdrawn from town. When one air rescue plane crashes while attempting to land in the treacherous seas, Stevenson refuses to jeopardize his plane for Japanese lives. At the last minute, however, he recalls Caroline's dying plea not to hate; he overcomes his prejudice and orders Takashima to parachute to the liferafts with rescue equipment. He and Gregg then land the plane at sea and rescue the survivors, but when Stevenson is injured in the landing, Gregg is forced to overcome his fear and handle the dangerous ... +


Sgt. Mike Takashima, Col. Glenn Stevenson, and Lieut. John Gregg, all members of the U. S. Air Force Rescue Service at Ashiya, Japan, set out to rescue the survivors of a Japanese ship wrecked in a still-raging storm. As they fly to the site of the wreck, each man recalls a part of his past: Gregg remembers the avalanche caused when his helicopter came too close to a mountain. The avalanche subsequently buried alive the group of people whom he was attempting to rescue. The accident has since caused him to fear flying solo. Stevenson, deeply prejudiced against the Japanese, recalls the reason for his hatred: as a civilian pilot in the Philippines prior to World War II, he met and married Caroline Gordon. She and their infant son later died in a Japanese prison camp when they were refused medical supplies which were being saved for Japanese soldiers. Takashima, half-American, half-Japanese, reminisces about his tragic love affair with Leila, an Algerian girl, during World War II. He was unable to stop the blowing up of a bridge where Leila had run to look for him after learning that his unit was being withdrawn from town. When one air rescue plane crashes while attempting to land in the treacherous seas, Stevenson refuses to jeopardize his plane for Japanese lives. At the last minute, however, he recalls Caroline's dying plea not to hate; he overcomes his prejudice and orders Takashima to parachute to the liferafts with rescue equipment. He and Gregg then land the plane at sea and rescue the survivors, but when Stevenson is injured in the landing, Gregg is forced to overcome his fear and handle the dangerous takeoff and the flight back to Ashiya. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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