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By Chris Betros

Cruise missile
The Tom Cruise road show once again charms Japan

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Here’s something you don’t see every day in Tokyo: Tom Cruise, his wife Katie Holmes and their daughter Suri in Hibiya Park. While Suri played with Japanese kids earlier this month, Cruise chatted with their moms. Afterwards, the 46-year-old star took his family to a baseball game.

Cruise loves Japan, and the Japanese certainly love him. Following countless interviews and walking the red carpet at the Japan premiere of his latest film, Valkyrie, the actor took a chartered flight—the “Sky Cruise”—from Haneda to Osaka with 40 fans selected from 3,000 applications.

Directed by Bryan Singer, Valkyrie tells the true story of a plot by senior German officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the summer of 1944. Cruise, sporting an eye patch, plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, one of the chief conspirators. “I didn’t know this story,” admitted Cruise. “When I first read about it, I was fascinated. It has action and suspense, but it is really about a man called upon to make sacrifices in extreme circumstances. As an American, I never learned about World War II history from that perspective. I didn’t realize there were Germans within that world who didn’t support the Nazis, and were willing to try and end the atrocities. Maintaining one’s integrity against great odds like that is a timeless theme.”

Cruise said that as a father, he could identify with the Stauffenberg’s decision to act. “Fortunately for me, I don’t have to make such choices, but as parents, we have to look at how our actions affect the world our children live in.” Cruise said he read numerous biographies and was astounded at Stauffenberg’s life. “Everything I learned about him told me that he loved his family and country. For him, the Nazis were the antithesis of what he wanted for Germany.”

One challenge for Cruise was trying to maintain suspense in a movie about a plot that failed. “When I make movies, first and foremost, I want to entertain audiences,” he said. “Even though the outcome is known, this story works as a conspiracy thriller set during World War II. With movies like Mission: Impossible, Minority Report and War of the Worlds, we had to sit down and come up with drama and suspense. Here, we just had to pick up the history books. Bryan and I sneaked into an early preview for an audience, ready to take notes, wondering if they would get what we were trying to communicate. It was great when the audience stopped moving. Nobody left the cinema, and at the end, there was a standing ovation.”

Valkyrie has not been without controversy, especially in Germany. At first, Berlin officials had been reluctant to let the film be made on location, but finally agreed. There was also early talk that some Germans objected to Cruise being cast as Stauffenberg. However, the actor said he was embraced by the colonel’s family. “They all came to the premiere. I signed at least 60 posters for Stauffenberg’s nieces, nephews and grandchildren. It’s a big family. I was in London one day, and two of his grandnieces came up to me on the street. They’re everywhere.”

Despite the film’s serious subject matter, Cruise said everyone had fun on the set. “I work very hard on each scene and I expect a lot from everyone else, too, because I want to give audiences the best possible movie. Usually, the more intense a scene is, the more laughter there is afterwards. During the shoot, we went camping in the desert and got to fly the old warplanes.”

Cruise said he has been to many countries to promote Valkyrie, meeting people and learning about their cultures, lifestyles and concerns. “For modern audiences, I hope the message of this World War II story will be that next time, everyone will stand up to tyranny and it won’t happen again.”

Chris Betros is the editor of Japan Today (www.japantoday.com).

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