MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,167 this week

Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 85 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 2 critic

Lt. Koji Kitami is a navigator-bombardier in Japan's Naval Air Force. He participates in the Japanese raid on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and is welcomed with pride in his ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1314 titles
created 28 Mar 2011
 
a list of 342 titles
created 12 Nov 2011
 
a list of 104 titles
created 22 Jul 2013
 
a list of 2 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 108 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960)

Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Seiji Miyaguchi, Rokkô Toura, Chishû Ryû
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of a RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.

Director: George More O'Ferrall
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Andrew Osborn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During World War II, the management of a war industry of optical instruments for weapons requests an effort from the workers to increase the productivity during four months. The target for ... See full summary »

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Takashi Shimura, Sôji Kiyokawa, Ichirô Sugai
Time Limit (1957)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

During the Korean War former POW Major Cargill admits to having collaborated with the enemy but military investigator Colonel Edwards wants the details.

Director: Karl Malden
Stars: Richard Widmark, Richard Basehart, Dolores Michaels
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Chuji Kunisada returns to his home village to find that Jubei Matsui, the corrupt magistrate, has been responsible for virtually destroying Kunisada's family. A final tragedy leads Kunisada... See full summary »

Director: Senkichi Taniguchi
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Daisuke Katô, Michiyo Aratama
Midway (1976)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A dramatization of the battle that became the turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Rentarô Mikuni
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyôko Kagawa
Donzoko (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In a Japanese slum, various residents play out their lives, dreaming of better things or settling for their lot. Among them is a man who pines for a young woman but is stymied by her deceptive family.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Kyôko Kagawa
47 Samurai (1962)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Chûsha Ichikawa, Tatsuya Mihashi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor's life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn't destroy others along with him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Miki Sanjô
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Lt. Koji Kitami
...
Admiral Isoroku Yamaguchi
Kôji Tsuruta ...
Lt. Tomonari
Makoto Satô ...
Lt. Matsuura
Aiko Mimasu ...
Sato
Jun Tazaki ...
Captain
...
Tosaku
Misa Uehara ...
Keiko
Keiju Kobayashi
Tatsuya Mihashi
Hiroshi Koizumi
Akira Takarada
Seizaburô Kawazu
Ken Uehara
Susumu Fujita
Edit

Storyline

Lt. Koji Kitami is a navigator-bombardier in Japan's Naval Air Force. He participates in the Japanese raid on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and is welcomed with pride in his hometown on his return. As Japan racks up victory after victory in the Pacific War, Kitami is caught up in the emotion of the time and fights courageously for the standard of Japanese honor. But his assuredness of his government's righteousness is shaken after the Japanese navy is defeated in the debacle of Midway. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Story of World War II in the Pacific...Seen Through the Eyes of the Enemy See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 April 1960 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

I Bombed Pearl Harbor  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (English dubbed)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Japanese carrier-deck, complete with an "island"-area was built on a dock facing the sea. See more »

Connections

Edited into Midway (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The movie TORA! TORA! TORA! and MIDWAY wanted to be.
26 February 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Toho's first major color war film is without a doubt one of the most impressive of their many 60's offerings. The only one I can think of this easily trumps this is their later BATTLE OF THE SEA OF JAPAN (1969) which is about the Russo-Japanese War. This is a world war 2 film and probably the quintessential film covering the two largest, most pivotal events of the Pacific theater - Pearl Harbor and Midway. These battles would be covered in several later American films but never with the gusto of this production.

This presentation of the Pacific Theater is a little different than us Westerners are used to. There's something shockingly surreal about seeing the main characters elatedly cheering the destruction of the Arizona, or referring to December 7th, 1941 as "a wonderful day". Unlike German or Italian war films to come over the years after the war, this film by a former Axis member is not a guilt-ridden depressing condemnation of the past. Instead, the Japanese (many of the cast and crew members were veterans of the conflict) seem to be quite proud of their effort, camaraderie, and achievements. The attack on Pearl Harbor is shown as a more-or-less unavoidable battle and a great victory. Little attention is paid to the fact that the Americans are totally oblivious to the fact they're at war before the bombs drop. The Americans are actually rarely mentioned by name, only as "the enemy" and never seen besides their planes, ships, and ground installations.

Little can be said about this movie without mentioning the brilliant effects work by Eiji Tsuburaya and Teruyoshi Nakano. Tsuburaya had made some of Japan's most impressive propaganda films during the war which recreated the Pearl Harbor attack, and here he gets to do the same but in color and with more money and a larger water tank. The 1/16th scale models look brilliant and the explosions and fires realistic enough for MIDWAY to steal 16 years later.

Dramatically the film comes off as a little stiff, though Natsuki gives an earnest performance as a young pilot. Mifune plays Yamagouchi with his usual gravitas, and many recognizable Toho stock performers pop up in small roles throughout. The film also suffers from its no-frills straight-forward retelling approach (much like the earlier film THE MYSTERIANS) which means there's not really any subplots or plot twists. Just action, effects, and historical reenactments to provide entertainment. It also suffers a lot of the same failings as other Toho films of the time with the tendency to reuse effects shots (sometimes twice in a row), lots of jump cuts (such as an explosion goes off, then another, but the camera does not move despite a lot of time being cut out between the two explosions), and a few dodgy miniatures.

The real star is the battle scenes; not just the brief Pearl Harbor recreation, but the drawn out Midway battle that takes up the whole second half of the film. Excellent music, cinematography, and wholly believable process shots. Overall a thoroughly impressive war film which is unfairly hard to find.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?