Sunday, July 10, 2016

A review - Three Stripes in the Sun

This is a movie that is not well known but is remarkable in its story, cast, location and it is based on actual events. Sgt. Maj. Hugh O'Reilly is stationed in post-war Japan and his disdain for the Japanese is transformed when he goes to an orphanage, where the deplorable condition that the children live in, moves him deeply. The cast is interesting, Aldo Ray is likable enough in his role but the cast is carried by Dick York and Chuck Connors (The Rifleman). Dick York and Chuck Connors provide the humor to this movie and this is one film where Chuck Connors can be seen playing baseball, a profession he did in real-life. "The Rifleman" played professional basketball for the Boston Celtics and professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs (1951). 

The movie was shot in 1955 on location in Japan. It is a glimpse into post-war Japan and examines the relationships of the Japanese in their changing attitudes towards the occupation by the Americans, who also must examine their own prejudices towards the Japanese. It's an enjoyable movie and well worth the time to watch.


An interview with Yuko O'Reilly in tribute to her husband. 

An excellent review of the movie can be found here.

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