Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
The drama in this fact-based tale about the killing of a young Japanese man is undermined by trite characters and a transparent storyline. There is no doubt that American GI Sgt. Douglas (Richard Long) killed the youth with his own gun. The dispute lies in whether the gun discharged accidentally, as he claims, and in whether he should be tried by Japanese civil law instead of an American military court. Sgt. Douglas is portrayed as a good guy, in love with a Japanese woman and appreciative of Japanese life and culture. His dilemma is made all the worse by some ill-advised plans he concocts to determine how he should be tried.
accident, self-defense, on-the-run, Japan