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Gekko no natsu (1993)

A fictional film that is nonetheless inspired by an account of two Japanese soon-to-be kamikaze pilots has the two stop by a local school near their base one last time to play the piano ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Tokue Hanazawa
Mako Ishino
Tetsuko Kobayashi
Norikatsu Nagano
Taketoshi Naitô
Chôei Takahashi
Yûsuke Takita
Minoru Tanaka
Yûki Tanaka ...
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Mayumi Wakamura
Misako Watanabe
Kei Yamamoto
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A fictional film that is nonetheless inspired by an account of two Japanese soon-to-be kamikaze pilots has the two stop by a local school near their base one last time to play the piano before they proceed on their suicide mission against the attacking American forces. It is May 1945 and they play Beethoven's Sonata Number 14 otherwise known as Moonlight Sonata. The teacher is impressed and years later seeks out the relatives of the pilots as the piano is old and about to be discarded. Written by aghaemi

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An excellent WWII drama!
16 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Should this film ever become available on DVD I will be the first to buy it. Gekko no Natsu is a true story, and it's amazingly touching. I saw this film in 1993 in Tokyo during its theatrical release. Few films focus on the human elements of Japanese soldiers in World War Two. Gekko no Natsu does so. Basically, two kamikaze pilots, about to go out to die for the emperor, stop by a school in southern Japan to play the piano one last time. In doing so they befriend a young woman music teacher. Years later, after the teacher retires, she tells the story of the pilots, and thus begins a search for the pilot's survivors so the old piano they played can be restored, and dedicated to their memory. What transpires is a beautiful story of friendship, dedication, commitment, and love. Hopefully Gekko no Natsu will be subtitled into English for an international audience.


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