This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. As United States and Japanese relations strain over the U.S. embargo of raw materials, Air Staff Officer Minoru Genda (Tatsuya Mihashi) plans the preemptive strike against the United States. Although American intelligence agencies intercept Japanese communications hinting at the attack, they are unwilling to believe such a strike could ever occur on U.S. soil.Written by
The woman giving the flying lesson as the Japanese approach Pearl Harbor is based on the real-life Cornelia Fort, who was 22 at the time. Fort's plane, an Interstate Cadet, was chased and strafed during the attack while landing at a nearby civilian airport with a student on board. Fort later joined the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Service. In March 1943, she died in a mid-air collision near Abilene, Texas, the first WAFS pilot to die on active duty. See more »
In the movie, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, talking about Japan's chances in a war with America, says "If we must, we can raise havoc with them for a year... after that, I can guarantee nothing." In real life, he said "I can run wild for six months... after that, I have no expectation of success." See more »
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Original video versions removed the intermission, (between the close-up of a desk calendar showing Dec. 7 and the Japanese beginning to launch planes.) The 1998 video release restores the intermission. The widescreen version prints all subtitles (Japanese translation, character titles) below the screen in the bottom black bar. See more »
This is one of my favorite war films. What makes it so great is that just like "The Longest Day" this film looks at the events that led up to and during one of the most momentous moments in the history of not only this country, but Japan as well. I also loved the acting in it. Martin Balsam and Jason Robards should have been nominated for their performances as Admiral Kimmel and General Short, respectively. Also, I wonder how much different it would have been if Akira Kurosawa had directed the Japanese scenes as he originally was supposed to. I also wonder if the fact that it dealt with one of the darker chapters in American history had something to to with its poor box office showing on this side of the Pacific (ironically, it was a box office smash in Japan). However, it is still a great film and I especially loved it at the end when Yamamoto made his famous comment "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve." How right he was.
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