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Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 9 August 1945 (USA)
A comprehensive look at the war in the Pacific during World War II. Shot as a propaganda film by acclaimed Hollywood director Frank Capra

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Frank Capra (uncredited), Joris Ivens (uncredited)
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Frank Capra directed this film in the vein of his Why We Fight series. It was intended to be shown to American troops participating in the invasion and occupation of Germany. But by the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
John Beal ... Narrator (uncredited)
Howard Duff ... Narrator (uncredited)
Walter Huston ... Narrator (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (uncredited)
John J. McCloy John J. McCloy ... Himself - Assistant Secretary of War (uncredited)
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A comprehensive look at the war in the Pacific during World War II. Shot as a propaganda film by acclaimed Hollywood director Frank Capra

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conosci il tuo nemico - Giappone See more »

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U.S. War Department See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Strangely, this little seen propaganda film was released on the same day as the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki, essentially the last act of the Pacific war. See more »

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Featured in Imperial Japan: The Fall of Democracy (2018) See more »

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Interesting Example Of An American War Propaganda Film
22 October 2017 | by bellabanana93See all my reviews

When taking in the context that this is a propaganda film made about Japan during World War 2 with the goal of making viewers side with the USA and support their military actions against Japan, this documentary is quite interesting. In the beginning, the narrator mocks the Japanese army by calling them short and tiny men. The film states many completely made up and bonkers "facts" about Japan. The narrator goes into talking about Shintoism and he ends up telling his audience that they want to wipe out everyone who is not Japanese. It's easy to see why there were second thoughts about releasing this film. If you want to see an example of a very harsh propaganda film, then I recommend that you check this out. If you want to learn a bunch of true facts about Japan, then this documentary is not the right one for you. It is quite hard to imagine anyone taking the narrator seriously, even in the 1940s.


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