This inspiring 54-minute WWII documentary covers the entire American Pacific campaign from the Bataan retreat to the surrender of Japan. Many of the film's more unforgettable scenes, notably the rape of Manila, have been culled from captured Japanese newsreels. The "star" of the proceedings is General Douglas MacArthur, who after three years of relentless fighting makes good his promise "I shall return." Only occasionally does the film falter by lapsing into phony sentimentality. Appointment in Tokyo was assembled by the Army Pictorial Service of the US Signal Corps, and released domestically by Warner Bros.
~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide