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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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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 »

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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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Little Brown Jug
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Leadership
22 February 2011 | by (Yokohama, Japan) – See all my reviews

This movie portrays an episode at the Pacific theater of the World War II, without over dramatization.

The battle of Saipan is said to be the decisive battle of the Pacific theater. After Japan lost most of the island, a captain found himself the highest ranked officer among Japanese soldiers that survived. His behaviors, struggles and decisions form the plot of the movie. It is interesting that he was not a career military man, but a teacher of geography.

Besides the lead character, Captain Oba, a tattooed man Horiuchi and a nurse Aono accent the movie. Another unique character is an American captain Luis, but his acting is mean compared to other three.

You can see this movie as food for thought about leadership. Oba's leadership is not like the one President Mandela in Invictus showed - very strong, indomitable leadership led by high ideas. In far outnumbered circumstances, with little reliable information from outside, and without anyone to consult with, he makes his decision, which turned out right in many cases. But he can not persuade some of subordinates who stubbornly refuse to surrender and stick to hopeless fight. At first, Oba was to attack the US back, but he flexibly changed his mind that his mission is no longer to attack but to defend the civilian survivors. Now I will not write more to keep this article from a spoiler. Anyhow, corporate senior managers would feel strong empathy with Captain Oba.


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