In 1952, as the Korean War rages on, American officers land in Kyoto. Among them are Major Ceve Saville, assigned to a fighter squadron, and Lieutenant Carl Abbott. The latter neglects his charming wife Kristina, who is sinking into bitterness. In Korea, Saville meets again Colonel Dutch Imil, a former brother in arms as well as other friends. Back in Japan Saville falls in love with forsaken Kristina, which arouses Abbott’s jealousy. The two men turn into implacable rivals. But during a mission against Chinese Migs, Abbott is hurt and Saville decides to rescue him…
User Reviews: First saw this in a first run theater. Last watched it as a theater projectionist in 1959…a DVD is on order. As an Air Force brat and professional, I’ve known several copies of all the characters in this film. They are mostly for real. Not as real as in the book perhaps (recommend the book also). If you don’t recognize any of the characters in this film, then you’ve never been somewhere where you had to learn that you might not come home from work tonight…and that you might kill someone before you go to sleep. And enjoy it. Worth watching.
Now. For the non-historical: The "good guys’" airplanes are North American Aviation F-86 "Saber Jets". That "bad guys’" airplanes are Republic Aviation F-84F "Thunder Jets". This is perhaps the most jarring inaccuracy in the movie…but in 1958 we all understood that nobody with a herd of MiG-15s and MiG-17s was interested in helping make a movie.