6.6/10
769
8 user 5 critic

Oba: The Last Samurai (2011)

Taiheiyou no kiseki: Fokkusu to yobareta otoko (original title)
Trailer
0:44 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Writers:

(based on the book by), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On April, 6th 2005, in Makurazi, Kagoshima, Makiko Uchida seeks a boat in the local fishing cooperative to take her to the latitude N30, longitude L128, where the largest, heaviest and most... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ya Satô
Stars: Takashi Sorimachi, Shidô Nakamura, Yû Aoi
Eien no 0 (2013)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young woman and her brother explore the history of their grandfather, who died in the WW2. They start contacting the m'en who flew with him, asking them about who he was.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Haruma Miura, Mao Inoue
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The life of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto from the early 1930's to his death at the hands of the US military in 1943.

Director: Izuru Narushima
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroshi Abe, Shûichi Azumaya
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The War ended on August 15th, 1945. What took place in Japan on the previous night? The unknown destiny of the day is unveiled.

Director: Masato Harada
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Rommel (TV Movie 2012)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of the final seven months in the life of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Director: Niki Stein
Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Tim Bergmann, Rolf Kanies
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel ... See full summary »

Director: Enzo Monteleone
Stars: Paolo Briguglia, Pierfrancesco Favino, Luciano Scarpa
Dresden (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A romance between a British pilot hiding in Germany and a German nurse is shown on the background of massive allied bombing of Dresden towards the end of World War 2.

Director: Roland Suso Richter
Stars: Felicitas Woll, John Light, Benjamin Sadler
Desert Patrol (1958)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sent to destroy a Nazi petrol dump in the North African desert, a British commando team unexpectedly discovers a large Nazi tank unit and must inform the HQ in time.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Richard Attenborough, John Gregson, Michael Craig
Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Dima Levanchuk
Stars: Nathan Bean, Veronica Pelayo, Aaron Samuels
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Yutaka Takenouchi ...
Captain Oba
Markus Waldow ...
Soldier
...
Captain Lewis
Mao Inoue ...
Chieko Aono
...
Colonel Pollard
...
Colonel Wessinger
Toshiaki Karasawa ...
Horiuchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sadao Abe ...
Suekichi Motoki
...
Captain Grabbias
...
Bengaru
Ian Brown ...
Flamethrower Marine
Lloyd Buckley ...
Cpl. Marks
...
Breezy / Radioman
Tokio Emoto ...
Ikegami
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Oba: The Last Samurai  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.
See more »

Soundtracks

American Patrol
Music by F.W. Meacham
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good Film Left Me Unsettled
20 September 2016 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This was a surprisingly realistic war film, although it did have factual inaccuracies, such as inexplicably exaggerating the casualties inflicted by the Japanese during the infamous Saipan Banzai Charge. And while I suppose it's possible that a handful of Americans existed who understood and respected the culture of Imperial Japan, they were probably nonexistent in the war zone, and therefore I found Captain Lewis' character to be totally unrealistic.

I can't speak for the acting of the Japanese. As for the Americans, Treat Williams and Daniel Baldwin can act. I can't say the same about the rest of the cast; they are terrible.

This is a Japanese film. Given the enormous scope and nature of their aggression and war crimes in the 1930s and 40s (dubbed The Asian Holocaust), and given their longstanding refusal to acknowledge said crimes, or apologize to their tens of millions of victims, I find that any portrayal by the Japanese of their WW II soldiers as heroic - even if potentially true - leaves a bad taste in my mouth.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A few movie related links.... diagoro-2
A different approach diagoro-2
Great film that doesn't hold back! lrosas
Discuss Oba: The Last Samurai (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?