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The Imperial Navy (1981)

Rengo kantai (original title)
A lavish retelling of the true story of the final voyage and ultimate destruction and sinking of the battleship Yamato, Japan's greatest flagship during the Second World War.

Director:

Shûe Matsubayashi

Writer:

Katsuya Susaki
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Cast

Credited cast:
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita
Hiroshi Hasegawa Hiroshi Hasegawa
Akihiko Hirata
Tôru Ibuki Tôru Ibuki
Takenobu Ikeda Takenobu Ikeda
Masao Imanishi Masao Imanishi
Shigeki Ishida Shigeki Ishida
Nobuo Kaneko ... Chuichi Nagumo
Shigeo Katô Shigeo Katô
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku
Tatsuya Mihashi
Michirô Minami ... Kameto Kuroshima
Hisaya Morishige Hisaya Morishige
Osami Nabe Osami Nabe
Ichirô Nakatani
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A lavish retelling of the true story of the final voyage and ultimate destruction and sinking of the battleship Yamato, Japan's greatest flagship during the Second World War. Written by Guy Mariner Tucker

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Imperial Navy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Eizo Co. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Highly Entertaining!
6 March 2012 | by pogueSee all my reviews

This was on TV one night after I checked into my hotel in Tokyo for a business trip. I started watching about half way through to the end. No subtitles, but it didn't really need any. The expressiveness of the actors' faces and voices gave you a good idea of what they were saying. The action and photography were first rate. Most of the scenes are below deck, but the scenes of the air attacks are well done.

I would compare it to "Das Boot" or "Stalingrad" as far as realism and getting an idea of how the crew actually felt given their circumstance. Not an apology or revisionist history, just lots of great action telling the story of a crew trying to save their ship.

Overall, this was superior to "Yamato", which came out 20 years later.

Now if I could only find a copy on DVD!


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