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The Imperial Navy (1981)
"Rengo kantai" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  28 November 1983 (USA)
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A lavish retelling of the true story of the final voyage and ultimate destruction and sinking of the battleship Yamato, Japan's greatest flagship during the Second World War.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Susumu Fujita
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Akihiko Hirata
Tôru Ibuki
Takenobu Ikeda
Masao Imanishi
Shigeki Ishida
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Chuichi Nagumo
Shigeo Katô
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Tatsuya Mihashi
Michirô Minami ...
Kameto Kuroshima
Hisaya Morishige
Osami Nabe
Ichirô Nakatani
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A lavish retelling of the true story of the final voyage and ultimate destruction and sinking of the battleship Yamato, Japan's greatest flagship during the Second World War. Written by Guy Mariner Tucker

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Highly Entertaining!
6 March 2012 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This was on TV one night after I checked into my hotel in Tokyo for a business trip. I started watching about half way through to the end. No subtitles, but it didn't really need any. The expressiveness of the actors' faces and voices gave you a good idea of what they were saying. The action and photography were first rate. Most of the scenes are below deck, but the scenes of the air attacks are well done.

I would compare it to "Das Boot" or "Stalingrad" as far as realism and getting an idea of how the crew actually felt given their circumstance. Not an apology or revisionist history, just lots of great action telling the story of a crew trying to save their ship.

Overall, this was superior to "Yamato", which came out 20 years later.

Now if I could only find a copy on DVD!


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