Play for Today: Season 11, Episode 17

The Kamikaze Ground Staff Reunion Dinner (17 Feb. 1981)

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On August the 15th, 1945, after the official surrender of the Empire of Japan, Admiral Matome Ugaki led the last Special Attack Force pilots across the Pacific, to crash into American ships... See full summary »

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John Blythe ...
Kamiwashi
Harold Goodwin ...
Shimpu
Don Henderson ...
Tokkotai
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Shushin
Richard Vernon ...
Makoto
Mary Maddox ...
Girl singer
Patricia Prior ...
Miss Tomishita
Mark Penfold ...
Co-pilot
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On August the 15th, 1945, after the official surrender of the Empire of Japan, Admiral Matome Ugaki led the last Special Attack Force pilots across the Pacific, to crash into American ships. Thirty-five years later, the men who serviced the aeroplanes are still meeting up for their annual dinner. Now settled into civilian jobs - dentist, baker, taxi-driver, insurance salesman - and with children and grandchildren, they bemoan the decay of traditional Japanese values. Hard liquor is imbibed, toasts raised to the memory of the heroic dead, and old rivalries resurface. The survivors' dissatisfaction with post-war life comes to a head when, in a moment of drunken inspiration, Tokkotai the airline pilot decides on a symbolic gesture to show that the kamikaze spirit lives on. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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