On April, 6th 2005, in Makurazi, Kagoshima, Makiko Uchida seeks a boat in the local fishing cooperative to take her to the latitude N30, longitude L128, where the largest, heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed Yamato was sunk on April, 7th 1945; however, her request is denied. She meets by chance the captain Katsumi Kamio of the fishing vessel Asukamaru and discloses that she is the stepdaughter of Officer Nagoya Uchida and Kamio immediately accepts to take her in the risky journey. While traveling with Makiko and the fifteen year-old Atsuchi, Kamio recalls and discloses the story of Yamato and his close friends that served on board of the battleship until the final suicidal mission in Okinawa. When they reach the spot where Yamato was sunk, he considers that he finally reached the end of the Showa era. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
Part of the foredeck and port side of the Yamato were reconstructed to full scale for the exterior scenes. As the Japan Building Standards Act interfered with re-creating the ship's entire superstructure, images of a one-tenth scale model of the Yamato at its namesake museum in Kure were used in post-production. See more
If you look carefully at the aircraft during the battle scene, several Avengers (torpedo bombers) and Hellcats (fighters) switch places with a single-seat, bubble canopied aircraft with round wing and vertical stabilizer ends. The aircraft that best fits the "mystery" plane is a P-47, which was never a US Navy fighter plane, and certainly wasn't used during the aerial attacks on Yamato and her group on April 7th, 1945. Hellcats and Avengers both had square wing- and vertical stabilizer tips. See more