Biographical movie about Colonel Kato, an officer serving with the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in Southeast Asia, he was highly respected by his pilots for his fairness and excellent flying ability.
A local family' house also serves as a gathering place for air force cadets. The family's boy is weak and often unhealthy. The boy wants to become a pilot as well given how he is exposed to... See full summary »
Teruo is an adopted son of an old samurai family that returns to Japan after living in Germany and is expected to marry Mitsuko. But he's struggling to readjust to Japan and intends to marry an Aryan woman.
Mourning the death of her father, a grieving daughter (Hara, Setsuko) meets one of his students (Saburi, Shin) and the two set out to travel to Tokyo. The two share a room en route and ... See full summary »
The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor Keikoh's son Ouso expects to succeed his father on the throne, but Otomo, the Emperor's vassal, prefers Ouso's ... See full summary »
The story of an airport and its air traffic control crew in a remote and northern Japanese town. Three of the air traffic controllers are female with one of them (Hara, Setsuko) working ... See full summary »
When a boy who is in the navy college returns home for vacation he meets his young cousin who also wants to join in order to become a pilot. However, the younger man's mother is antagonistic knowing the folly of war. When the younger man recruits his cousin to speak to the mother the enlisted man is successful and the mother relents. The younger cousin is soon in the navy and training to become a pilot. He graduates too, but one night loses his friend yet has no time to reflect on the event as japan draws nearer to war with the West. The pilot and his fellow pilots are told to embark on a mission, but initially not told their purpose or destination. Only later it is revealed that the destination is Hawaii, USA. Pearl Habour looms.Written by
Into the 21st century, Eiji Tsuburaya's special effects from this film continue to be used in documentaries of the Pacific War and especially the attack on Pearl Harbor. It became stock footage and it is not known how many producers were aware that this was not actual combat footage but special effect footage created for a Japanese feature film. See more »
Just some info because no one else bothered to write a review - surprisingly so, as this is the most famous "national-policy-film" (kokusaku eiga). It's a recreation of the Pearl Harbor attack released on its 1st anniversary. It follows the life of a pilot recruit from being drafted until the attack in mock documentary style. At a budget of about ten times customary for the time, Toho had a scale model of Pearl Harbor constructed, with precise models of the warships present there. The attack was sequenced by Eiji Tsuburaya, using the mixture of light and editing effects that he would later work to perfection in the "Godzilla" movies. Famously, this footage was considered authentic by the US occupation forces, and hence confiscated and screened in newsreels back in the USA. That's what makes the film interesting to watch even today, while the rest is standard propaganda. Setsuko Hara makes an appearance before her rise to Ozu fame. Director Kajiro Yamamoto, who is mostly known for being Kurosawa's mentor at Toho, made the much better and critically acclaimed "Horse" (uma) just a year before. Rating 6.5/10
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