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Oba: The Last Samurai (2011)

Taiheiyou no kiseki: Fokkusu to yobareta otoko (original title)
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During the end of World War 2, a group of Japanese soldiers fight on after US forces capture most of the island. They refuse to surrender and continue to resist after the Emperor surrenders.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yutaka Takenouchi ...
Captain Oba
Markus Waldow ...
Soldier
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Captain Lewis
Mao Inoue ...
Chieko Aono
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Colonel Pollard
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Colonel Wessinger
Toshiaki Karasawa ...
Horiuchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sadao Abe ...
Suekichi Motoki
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Captain Grabbias
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Bengaru
Ian Brown ...
Flamethrower Marine
Lloyd Buckley ...
Cpl. Marks
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Breezy / Radioman
Tokio Emoto ...
Ikegami
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July 1944, The Imperial Japanese Army Garrison on Saipan mounted its final suicidal Banzai charge against the American Marines in the Battle for Saipan. Out of the 4000 Japanese who waged the charge there are almost no survivors but among them left alive is Captain Oba Sakae (Yutaka Takenouchi). Playing dead, he initially avoids capture and then is joined by a small band of survivors who retreat deep into the jungle. There, he as the highest ranking officer still alive will take command of the surviving 46 soldiers and 200 plus Japanese civilians now in his care who will evade the Marines and conduct a hit and run Guerrilla War long after the Americans declare the island secured in American hands. Enraged by Oba's resistance, the temperamental USMC Commander Colonel Pollard (Daniel Baldwin) launches an all out effort to hunt the man the Marines have dubbed "The Fox" of the Pacific. Failing to Capture Oba, Pollard is sacked and replaced by the mild mannered Colonel Wessinger (Treat ... Written by Louis E. Rosas

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You can see a few M-38 Jeeps and CJ3As instead of the wartime Jeep Willys Also when the Marines are walking in a straight line some of the soldiers are carrying British Lee Enfield rifles instead of M1 Garands, M1 Carbines, or 03-A3 bolt action rifles. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Pollard: I don't understand these Japs. This ah... Bushido suicide thing... It's ah... Well! It's crazy.
Captain Lewis: Well, It's ah... it's a matter of pride. It's a way of thinking. They've been nurturing in their heads for centuries.
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Pretty Good movie
15 February 2011 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

The English dialog was not very good, but the story was worth telling, and it is a good war story told from the Japanese perspective.

The Japanese actors, and cast all did a superb job, and the American cast did an adequate job. It is refreshing to see a realistic look at the war from the Japanese side. The movie told the story of the Japanese people on the island, both soldiers and civilians, and it explained their attitude about the war.

The scenery is great, and if the story does not show an American defeat, at lest it shows an American struggle. It also captures the moment of the Japan's surrender, showing that it was not as instantaneousness as some historians lead to believe. Overall, it was a story about a Japanese hero fighting for survival, and a group of Americans fighting because it's their job.


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