Flying Tigers is the 1942 war film starring John Wayne. Jim Gordon is the leader of the Flying Tigers, a group of volunteer pilots who help the Chinese fight Japan. Woody Jason’s wife comes to Gordon, begging him to let her husband join the team. He accepts, but it turns out that while Woody may be a good pilot, he is horrible when it comes to working with the rest of the squadron. He is soon kicked out of the group just as Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. Gordon takes on a mission, but soon finds out that Woody sneaked onboard. Will Woody finally get a chance to redeem himself?
A warning to modern viewers: the main characters use racial slurs against the Japanese in this movie. Aside from that, it’s not a bad film, if not the most memorable. To be fair to Woody, the person who replaced him, Hap, knew he shouldn’t be flying, since his eyesight got worse. So their anger should have been directed towards their dead friend. The climax manages to make talking suspenseful as the viewer hopes Woody gets though to Jim. It’s a decent movie that’s a little bit politically incorrect. Honolulu film fans should rent this movie first.
More at: Tricia’s Retro Film Reviews
Buy Flying Tigers at Amazon.com