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Hell in the Pacific (1968)

During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?

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Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda (as Toshiro Mifune)
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During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he guards it to deny its use to the Yank, who then steals it, its proceeds or the idea and/or ruins it. Yet each gets his chance to kill and/or capture the other, but neither pushes this to the end. After a while of this pointless pestering, they end up joining forces to build and man a raft... Written by KGF Vissers

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japanese | island | pilot | raft | stranded | See All (34) »

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They hunted each other as enemies...they tormented each other as savages...they faced each other as men! See more »

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Adventure | War

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18 December 1968 (USA)  »

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Infierno en el Pacífico  »

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$4,150,000 (estimated)
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This began filming as " The Enemy is War " See more »

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American Pilot: How come you guys don't believe in God?
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Down in the Cane Brake
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Sung by Lee Marvin
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Two great actors, a great script, a grand theme.
27 October 2005 | by (Manila) – See all my reviews

What I would give to know only Japanese and watch this movie. You don't have to understand what Toshiro Mifune is saying to understand this movie.

Does war extend to the individual? Trained to kill or be killed, two adversaries face off. Each with his own fear that the other will succeed. Why didn't they kill each other when they had the chance? Because man is a social animal and he needs the company of others. To use a cliché - No man is an island.

And in the end conflict erupts. Not because of any innate difference between the two men - but because of how they define themselves in a greater scene. I am Japanese - you are American (and vice versa). Throw in the element of non-communication (neither spoke any of the other's language) and you have it.

Two great actors, a great script, a grand theme.


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