The Wind Cannot Read
|The Wind Cannot Read|
|Directed by||Ralph Thomas|
|Produced by||Betty E. Box
Earl St. John
|Written by||Richard Mason (novel)|
|Music by||Angelo Francesco Lavagnino|
|Editing by||Frederick Wilson|
|Running time||115 minutes|
- Dirk Bogarde as Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn
- Yoko Tani as Sabbi
- Ronald Lewis as Fenwick
- John Fraser as Peter Munroe
- Anthony Bushell as Brigadier
- Heihachirô Ôkawa as Lieutenant Nakamura
- Marne Maitland as Bahadur
- Michael Medwin as Officer Lamb
- Richard Leech as Hobson
- Tony Wager as Moss
- Tadashi Ikeda as Itsumi San
- Yôichi Matsue as Corporal Mori
- Donald Pleasence as Doctor
- Joy Michael as First nurse
- Avice Landone as Second nurse
The film takes place in Burma and India during World war II.
A British officer falls in love with his Japanese instructor at military language school. They began a romance but she is regarded as the enemy and she is not accepted by his countrymen. Later, he is captured by the Japanese army when he is patrolling with a brigadier and an Indian driver in a Japanese-controlled zone. He escapes and returns to his own lines, only to discover that his fiancée is suffering from a brain tumor and dies.
Dirk Bogarde in India, circa 1943, training to fight the Japanese, falls in love with a self-exiled Japanese woman.
In 1955 David Lean agreed to film Richard Mason's novel The Wind Cannot Read, the story of a romance between a British officer and a Japanese girl in India during World World II. Originally Lean considered making the lead character a Canadian and offered the part to Glenn Ford.
Lean completed a script in collaboration with Mason and cast Kishi Keiko as the girl, but disagreed with Alexander Korda, and the project fell through. Lean had already entered into discussions with Sam Spiegel, regarding a film version of Pierre Boule's novel The Bridge on the River Kwai. After Korda's death in 1956 the rights to Mason's novel were sold to Rank Film Productions, who assigned the project to the team of Betty Box and Ralph Thomas. Filming took place on location in India in early 1958.
- SCANNING THE CURRENT BRITISH SCREEN SCENE: DIRECTOR DAVID LEAN MOVES EASTWARD -- WAR EPIC --COLUMBIA'S AGENDA By STEPHEN WATTSLONDON.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 19 June 1955: X7.
- Monroe Specifications Named for 'Karamazov,; Lean Offers Ford Film Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 22 Oct 1956: A11.
- ON BRITAIN'S VARIED MOVIE FRONTS: AMERICAN STAR PROBLEM --CHAPLIN'S ROCK 'N' ROLL--CRITICISM POSER UP-TO-DATE "KING" GALLIC CRITIQUE HEADED FOR INDIA OUT OF THE PAST By STEPHEN WATTS. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 03 Mar 1957: 113
- JAPANESE FILM STARS FOR INDIA: SHOOTING OF PICTURE The Times of India (1861-current) [New Delhi, India] 18 Jan 1958: 11
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