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Gekido no showashi: Okinawa kessen (1971)

Told from the Japanese perspective, this war drama captures the events of World War II's Battle of Okinawa - a massive amphibious assault by U.S. troops that left more than 150,000 Japanese civilians dead.

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Kihachi Okamoto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Gen. Ushijima
Yûzô Kayama
Tetsurô Tanba ... Lieutenant General Isamu Cho
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Colonel Hiromichi Yahara
Mayumi Ohzora Mayumi Ohzora
Katsuhiko Sasaki Katsuhiko Sasaki ... Communications Officer
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara
Hideyo Amamoto ... Okinawa Regional Officer
Ryô Ikebe
Ichirô Nakatani
Gorô Mutsumi Gorô Mutsumi
Kamatari Fujiwara
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki
Akira Yamauchi Akira Yamauchi
Eijirô Tôno
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Told from the Japanese perspective, this war drama captures the events of World War II's Battle of Okinawa - a massive amphibious assault by U.S. troops that left more than 150,000 Japanese civilians dead.

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Okinawa kessen See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not very good
29 June 2012 | by vargas-16See all my reviews

The film is pretty bad across the board. Even ignoring the poor special effects due to budget, the direction and editing is poor. A tighter script and decent editing would have done wonders for what could have been a good film. The story line is grim, of course, but is badly handled and is an emotionless tale of waste. To get an emotional response from an audience you need to care about the characters, and that empathy is what the movie truly lacks. The film is a docudrama, but lacks drama and the power of a documentary. It's worth a look, but is certainly not a good film. Compare BoO with Story of a Prostitute, Fires on the Plain, or The Burmese Harp, and you'll understand why it is a forgotten film.


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