In 1974 Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda, a 52 year old Japanese officer, made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle. Never having received his formal surrender orders, he... See full summary »

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In 1974 Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda, a 52 year old Japanese officer, made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle. Never having received his formal surrender orders, he had, for nearly thirty years, loyally continued fighting the Second World War. Until now Onoda has never talked to Western Press. The Last Surrender pieces together his complex and ultimately sinister story. Written by Anonymous

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11 May 2001 (UK)  »

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Fascinating story, well told
31 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was dimly aware of a story about a crazy Japanese soldier, who hid out on a remote island, unaware that the war was over, but I thought it was apocryphal. Well, it really happened and the truth is much more interesting, and disturbing than I expected. This doc does an excellent job of weaving together interviews and recreations to tell the story. I have to say that recreations are very tricky to do in a way that augments the story without veering into the sensationalist or just downright silly, and this show could serve as a primer in how to do them right. If you're interested in the war in the Pacific, Japanese culture, or the question of what constitutes moral behavior in war time, I highly recommend "The Last Surrender".


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