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Yamato (2005)
"Otoko-tachi no Yamato" (original title)

 -  War  -  17 December 2005 (Japan)
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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... See full summary »

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Shohachi Moriwaki
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Mamoru Uchida
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Taeko
Takahiro Fujimoto
Jun'ichi Haruta ...
Hisao Koike
Ryo Hashizume ...
Yoshiharu Kojima (as Ryô Hashizume)
Ryûzô Hayashi ...
Ryunosuke Kusaka
Hiroyuki Hirayama ...
Tamaki
Hirotarô Honda ...
Tetsuzo Furumura
Hisashi Igawa ...
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Sôsuke Ikematsu ...
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Kenji Kaneko ...
Machimura
Hiroshi Katsuno ...
Nobue Morishita
Kôsei
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Katsumi Kamio (15 years old)
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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

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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 »

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The ship is seen firing salvos from its main batteries aimed at approaching US aircraft on several occasions, while lots of the crew are visible on deck, manning the light AA guns as well as performing other duties. While the big guns were in fact used fending off aircraft, at least during the last battle off Okinawa, the shock wave from the blast of the nine 460 mm barrels (the biggest ever on a warship) could kill or severely injure an unprotected sailor, it was therefore forbidden to remain on deck on such occasions. See more »

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My take on "Yamato"
24 February 2007 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I am almost through a great book on the history of Japan in WWII. The naval battles are fascinating to read about, and so when I saw this movie in the local Asian mall I picked it up.

Yamato (the old name for Japan) has good and bad points. Starting with the good - I find the story fascinating, how the remainder of the Second fleet made a run for Okinawa on a mission that everyone knew was suicide due to lack of air support (Japan's air force had been finally crushed at Saipan). Some of the acting was great; I thought Uchida really stood out. As far as I can tell the film was very historically accurate. Some of the insights into "bushido" were interesting, especially the admiral's explanation of bushido vs. English chivalry. And some of the effects were pretty good too.

On the bad side... the film had kind of a made-for-TV movie feel. As I said, some of the effects were good, others were far from great. The director shied away from showing the large sections of the ship, or the whole ship, maybe because of lack of budget - but I found myself really wanting to see those shots of this 65,000 ton superbattleship. It was obvious the whole film was made in a studio. They really should have invested in substantial steel tubes for the anti-aircraft guns, the fact that they jittered around like toys bothered me. Also in the silent dialog scenes, there should have been an omnipresent rumble of the ship's engines to add to the illusion that we are on the largest battleship in the world.

It wasn't great, but I enjoyed it anyway, and anyone else who is interested in Japanese naval history I think will also enjoy it despite its shortcomings.


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