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Puraido: Unmei no toki (1998)

 |  Drama, History, War  |  3 August 2001 (USA)
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In 1946, Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and 27 other Japanese officials stood trial for war crimes at the Tokyo Trial. This is their story.


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Credited cast:
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Prosecutor Joseph B. Keenan
Chief Justice Sir William Webb
Gitan Ôtsuru ...
Yasuo Tachibana
Naho Toda ...
Akiko Shintani
Suresh Oberoi ...
Justice, Dr. Radhabinod Pal
Eiji Okuda ...
Ichiro Kiyose
Ayumi Ishida ...
Katsuko Tojo
Peter Hosking ...
Counsel Brooks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Aaron Berman ...


"Pride" is the story of Japanese Prime Minister turned WWII General Hideki Tojo, the accused class "A" war criminal who ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor. His struggle is seen through the eyes of his laudable wife, Katsuko, perhaps the only person to know the human side of Tojo - a family man, loving husband, and Samurai spirit with overwhelming pride, patriotism, and self sacrifice for his country. The story is set against the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, which tried Tojo and 27 other Japanese officials for war crimes. Courtroom clashes take charge as the defense counsel questions whether or not the Allied Powers, who are the victors, have jurisdiction to indict officials of the defeated Japan. The defense points out that if murder in war is an indictable crime, then the very man that ordered the Atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima can be named and held accountable. But the sharp Prosecutor, Joseph Keenen, is set on using the Tokyo Trial as a platform to defend ... Written by Anonymous

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Gripping. Brilliant. Provocative.
6 January 2003 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

Was Hideki Tojo the bad guy portrayed in American wartime propaganda? Was he as evil as Hitler or merely portrayed that way? Were the Tokyo war crimes trials mere show trials? Was there (and is there) a double standard? This lengthy and carefully researched picture makes you think. The truth likely is somewhere in the middle. But it is fascinating to view events from a genuine Japanese perspective. Revisionism? Deconstruction? Not really. It is a reasonable presentation of the other side of the story. Quite apart from its superb acting and technical excellence, it is a THINKING film that challenges conventional wisdom. Not likely to turn up on American television anytime in the next century because it shatters the mom's apple pie myth. Interesting that the Japanese saw fit to do this film yet no Italian movie maker has yet done a sympathetic treatment of Mussolini nor have the Germans nor anybody else ever portrayed Hitler as anything but an evil tyrant. Apparently Tojo was different. If you can find this film, watch it. It may anger you. It may confuse you. But it will definitely CHALLENGE you.

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