The history of Imperial Japan's involvement in World War II with full color footage.

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Japan's role in World War II gets a whole new perspective in this consisting entirely of full color footage, including color films from Japan that were recently discovered. As the visuals of the world war take on a new vivid immediateness, the story of the rise of the militarists in Japan is told through the personal writings of the Japanese themselves. From the first overconfident tastes of victory, to the devastating losses that led to an unthinkable defeat amidst the ruins, the Pacific Theater of World War II is told through the Japanese's eyes. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Great Documentary
11 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Plot. Japan's role in World War II gets a whole new perspective in this consisting entirely of full color footage, including color films from Japan that were recently discovered.

As the visuals of the world war take on a new vivid immediateness, the story of the rise of the militarists in Japan is told through the personal writings of the Japanese themselves.

From the first overconfident tastes of victory, to the devastating losses that led to an unthinkable defeat amidst the ruins, the Pacific Theater of World War II is told through the Japanese's eyes.

Firstly, you need to ignore that a-hole rgcustomer's review that says this doc show that the war was about religion. What an agenda pushing idiot.

This doc is great on many levels. First if you have ever been to Japan in recent times, as i have, you'll be interested in seeing scenes of Tokyo and other cities in the 30s. Fascinating in every way.

Next, the culmination of things that led to Japan needing territory is also examined. A rice farmer who couldn't afford to eat the rice he harvested and watching Japan get poorer and poorer decides to become a revolutionary.

Also interesting is some of the cultural costumes and events the people participate in which will be of interest to those in the West.

Then there is the fall of parts of China. Also very interesting. Apparently the Chinese were a bunch of wimps and caved.

Throughout the commentary is peppered with quotes and letters from soldiers and other Japanese citizens which makes it very interesting indeed.

The last third of this film is largely footage taken by Americans toward the end of the war. It's nonetheless compelling.

In the end this is a story NOT about religion as that a-wipe claims, but about power and how we must do everything to keep our governments in check,

This is great stuff.


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