Depicts the bloody siege of the fortress Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War 1904 - 1905. In the story dominated the character Lt Takeshi Kogyo (Teruhiko Aoi), teachers, and a reserve... See full summary »

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Teruhiko Aoi ...
Takeshi Koga
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Hisaya Morishige ...
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Masako Natsume ...
Sachi Matsuo
Masayuki Yuhara ...
Kikumatsu Umetani
Kentaro Kaneko ...
Shigeru Amachi
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General Kodama
Makoto Satô
Yoshio Inaba
Akio Hasegawa
Akihiko Hirata
Yôko Nogiwa ...
Shizuko Nogi
Sen Yano
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Depicts the bloody siege of the fortress Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War 1904 - 1905. In the story dominated the character Lt Takeshi Kogyo (Teruhiko Aoi), teachers, and a reserve officer who became commander of the platoon and later company. At the same time monitors the conduct of the army commander general Nogi (Tatsuya Nakadai), which was commissioned of the emperor Matsuhito(Toshirô Mifune) to the conquest of the fort. Written by alE13

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Tracer bullets were used multiple times in the movie. Tracer bullets were not in use in the war of 1904-1905 between Russia and Japan, being developed in 1915 by the United Kingdom of Great Britain. See more »

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Old fashioned gut and glory with a sentimental subplot
20 April 2005 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

This is not exactly a masterpiece of of a movie. It depicts, generally, the "glorious" battle for Hill 203 during the Russo-Japanese war in 1905. The hill was eventually captured at stupendous loss of life on both the Japanese and Russian sides. The capture of the hill enabled the Japanese army to put pressure on the Russian pacific fleet, thus securing the Japanese victory together with Admiral Togo's "lucky" win in the coming naval battle.

The movie is sometimes quite heavy, complete with thick pancake make up even in close-ups and stunningly unrealistic beards. The fighting scenes are full of hands thrown up in the air and death cries, ketchup blood and people yelling banzai. All in all it reminds me of the kind of war movies put out in Hollywood about 30 years earlier. For history buffs and those interested in seeing a war movie with a more "oriental" flavour, I'd recommend it. I've never found a subtitled copy though the Japanese is not so difficult.

Worth noting are the actors playing Emperor Meiji, General Nogo and the young idealistic lieutenant who also provides the movie with a subplot of love, a woman left behind and the angst of combining an internationalist pacifist world view with a burning patriotism. Super stuff.


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