Intriguing documentary that shows what the world of Imperial Japan in color. Made up of mostly home movie taken by the Japanese as well as soldiers fighting them, the film is a moving picture book of Japan and the war in color. Its not a history of the war, its just the film arranged chronologically with diary entries and other accounts to put what we are seeing into context. We see Japan at peace, we see its leaders meeting other Axis leaders and we see the war and from both the Japanese and American perspective (This film includes some well worn color film of Pearl Harbor taken by a serviceman there.) Its a neat little footnote that turns what many feel is a black and white war into something colorful and alive.As narrator Brian Cox says numerous times, no one has seen the films in decades. The film was locked away and forgotten so the result was that no one realized that there actually was color film of Japan prior to and during the course of the war. Its amazing and seeing things like the cherry blossoms really takes your breath away while some of the pictures of the suffering become so much more poignant. For those interested in the war its a must.
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