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The biggest Japanese destroyer "Yamato" is badly damaged in a battle and shall be repaired at a small island in the Pacific which is inhabited only by Gibb, an US American observation post, and a few aborigines with their priest. Gibb and young novice Katherine can flee, but are tracked by two Japanese soldiers. After Gibb kills one of them, the other seeks revenge in a sword duel. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) battleship "Yamato" featured in this movie was a real Second World War Japanese ship. It was named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province. It was both the equal largest and equal heaviest battleships ever constructed. The "Yamato" was sunk on 7 April 1945, as is indicated in this film's closing credits. The wreck of the "Yamato" was discovered on 1 August 1985. The ship was the subject of and lent its name to the title of its own Japanese movie in 2005, called "Yamato" (aka Yamato (2005)). See more »
I saw this movie a couple of times on an off-brand "network" TV and I found it pretty enjoyable to watch. I would highly recomend it to any fan of war or action/war movie IF they can't find anything better to rent or IF they happen to catch it on TV or in TV Guide. The film provides a descent balance of action and suspence and a very good portrait of the main Japanesse soldier. Perhaps the films strongest asset is how balanced it is. One gets a good dose of action, history, character devolopment and plot and even if any one of these aspects are not very strong taken by itself, as a whole it makes for a very worthwhile movie experiance. It is a shame that this film hasn't gotten much attention as it is definitly a lot better than some of the flotasm floating around out there.
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