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Hawai Marê oki kaisen (1942)

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Credited cast:
Susumu Fujita
Fumindo Matsuo
Kunio Mita
Jiro Takano
Daihachiro Takebayashi
Haruo Tanaka
Frank Tokunaga ...
(as Bunroku Tokunaga)
Hiroshi Yamagawa
Denjirô Ôkôchi


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Release Date:

3 December 1942 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Battle of Pearl Harbor and the Malay Coast  »

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Special effects footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor from this film was so convincing that Gen. Douglas MacArthur's film unit confiscated the film and sold the footage to Frank Capra and Movietone News Corp. The footage was released as actual Japanese footage of the infamous attack. See more »


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most famous Japanese propaganda film
17 August 2016 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

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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