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20 March 1981 (USA) See more »
Depicts the bloody siege of the fortress Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War 1904 - 1905. In the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Old fashioned gut and glory with a sentimental subplot See more (2 total) »


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Tatsuya Nakadai ... General Nogi
Teruhiko Aoi ... Takeshi Koga

Toshirô Mifune ... Emperor Meiji
Hisaya Morishige ... Hirobumi Ito
Shigeru Kôyama ... Aritomo Yamagata
Masako Natsume ... Sachi Matsuo
Masayuki Yuhara ... Kikumatsu Umetani
Kentaro Kaneko ... Shigeru Amachi

Tetsurô Tanba ... General Kodama
Makoto Satô
Yoshio Inaba
Akio Hasegawa
Akihiko Hirata
Yôko Nogiwa ... Shizuko Nogi
Sen Yano
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kin'ya Aikawa
Shigeru Amachi ... Kentaro Kaneko
Noboru Hamada
Sanae Kitabayashi
Toshizô Kudô
Kayo Matsuo ... Empress
Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Yasunori Nogi
Taketoshi Naitô ... Narrator
Teruo Shimizu ... Sentarô Haraguchi
Gôzô Sôma ... Yôzô Toyoshima
Hisashi Yokomori

Directed by
Toshio Masuda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazuo Kasahara 

Produced by
Kanji Amao .... producer
Kiyoshi Koda .... producer
Shigeru Okada .... executive producer
Tsuneo Sato .... producer
Original Music by
Masashi Sada 
Naozumi Yamamoto 
Cinematography by
Masahiko Iimura 
Film Editing by
Hiroaki Nishido 
Kiyoaki Saitô 
Art Direction by
Hiroshi Kitagawa 
Sound Department
Hiroyoshi Munekata .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Teruyoshi Nakano .... special effects director
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Port Arthur" - , Australia (imdb display title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
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185 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Old fashioned gut and glory with a sentimental subplot, 20 April 2005
Author: Robert from Japan

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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