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Japan's Longest Day (1967)

Nihon no ichiban nagai hi (original title)
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 »

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Foreign Minister Shigenori Togo
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Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Shunichi Matsumoto
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Prime Minister Baron Kantaro Suzuki
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Navy Minister Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai
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War Minister General Korechika Anami
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Minister of Public Welfare Keisuke Okada
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Information Bureau Director Hiroshi Shimomura
Etsushi Takahashi ...
Lt. Colonel Masutaka Ida - Military Affairs Section
Takao Inoue ...
Lt. Colonel Masahiko Takeshita - Military Affairs Section
Tadao Nakamaru ...
Lt. Colonel Jiro Shiizaki - Military Affairs Section
Toshio Kurosawa ...
Major Kenji Hatanaka - Military Affairs Section
Akira Kitchôji ...
General Yoshijiro Umezu - Chief of the Army General Staff (as Hikaru Kitchôji)
Haruo Yamada ...
Admiral Soemu Toyoda - Chief of the Naval General Staff
Ryôsuke Kagawa ...
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Tadaatsu Ishiguro
Ushio Akashi ...
President of the Privy Council Baron Kiichiro Hiranuma
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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 of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito, however, joins with his ministers in asking the unthinkable, the peaceful surrender of Japan. When the military plots a coup to overthrow the Emperor's civilian government, Anami must face the choice between his desires and loyalty to his Emperor. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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11 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off I would say you will want to watch this movie more than once for a couple of reasons. Main one for me is in reading the sub-titles etc. I missed out on a lot of the action and byplay of the various actors. Unless you are fluent in Japanese, you have to read to follow the plots, of which there are many. The subtitles pass so quickly that I was just getting the gist of the dialog in some spots, so I will need to watch again now that I have it down fairly well. There are so many roles to follow and all of them are interesting, so you don't want to let anyone fall away as he returns later in the film and you will want to remember what he was doing earlier in the movie. All are based on real people of the times, and very real events. As the story progresses I was caught up in the increasing action and urgency of the rebellion. The young officer who is so deeply involved and is such a zealot for the army continuing to fight is truly frightening as you can see some of this rabid resolve right now in some of these Jihad warriors in the mid-east. Just goes to show that Berserkers are not only from the days of Viking raiders. By the way this movie is not suitable for young viewers, it is matter of fact, but graphic in various death scenes.


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