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Oba: The Last Samurai (2011)
"Taiheiyou no kiseki: Fokkusu to yobareta otoko" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  11 February 2011 (Japan)
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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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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
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Captain Grabbias
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Bengaru
Ian Brown ...
Flamethrower Marine
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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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Interesting movie
22 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting movie, with a new perspective on the war. Decent acting all around, and at least the American actors (led by Baldwin) weren't people they grabbed off the street, which is typical with Asian movies starring "white" people.

I do have to take issue with one of the reviewers, though, who seems clueless about the movie's pedigree.

@Shin Obi, This is not a "Hollywood" movie, genius. This was a Japanese movie. Japanese made. Japanese produced. Japanese directed. And shown almost exclusively in Japan. The fact that you seem to think it's some kind of "American propaganda" only means it treated the story FAIRLY, but for you, that only meant it was unreasonable. That says more about you than the movie, to be honest.


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