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The Last U-Boat (1993)

Das letzte U-Boot (original title)
In 1945 an advanced type of German U-boat loaded with atomic technology en route for Japan and escorted by Japanese naval officers receives news that Germany has capitulated.


Frank Beyer


Knut Boeser


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Mühe ... Gerber - Kommandant
Ulrich Tukur ... Röhler - 1. Wachoffizier
Kaoru Kobayashi ... Tatsumi - Fregattenkapitän
Gorô Ôhashi Gorô Ôhashi ... Kimura - Fregattenkapitän
Manfred Zapatka ... Beck - Geschwaderrichter
Matthias Habich ... Mellenberg - General
Udo Samel ... Dr. Falke - Arzt
Sylvester Groth ... Maschke - Funker
Johannes Herrschmann Johannes Herrschmann ... Silowsky - Leitender Ingenieur
Tom Jahn ... Riedel - Koch (as Thomas Jahn)
Bernd-Uwe Reppenhagen Bernd-Uwe Reppenhagen ... Matrose
Pierre Besson Pierre Besson ... Matrose
Nikolaus Gröbe Nikolaus Gröbe ... Matrose
Michael Härle Michael Härle ... Matrose
Sven Lehmann Sven Lehmann ... Matrose


Near the end of the war a lone U-Boat is sent from Germany to Japan carrying plutonium needed for a Japanese A-Bomb. During the long sail, the officers hear from the radio that Germany had lost the war and Hitler had killed himself. The crew split between the Nazi Party members who wish to continue to Japan and those who wish to surrender. Written by Anonymous

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Germany | USA | Japan | Austria


English | German | Japanese

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2 January 1993 (Japan) See more »

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Did You Know?


At the beginning of the movie, one of the German officers explains the abilities of the sub: it can stay submerged for a very long time. As long as it's submerged, detection of the sub is difficult. So why do they stay on the surface almost all the time? The submarines of this eras ability to stay under water for longer periods of time was very limited compared to what it is today. The subs would stay on the surface while cruising unless they detected other vessels in the vicinity where after they would submerge the sub. See more »

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Good account of a less-known WW2 topic
25 May 2019 | by pete36See all my reviews

The U234 is tasked with the long and difficult mission of bringing high technology Nazi weaponry, including a disassembled Me262 and ofcourse some treated plutonium, to Japan. Besides a high ranking Nazi official, a general, 2 Japanese officers are also on board.

It all sounds a bit "what if" but it more or less really happened. Already several U-boats succeeded in bringing German technology to Japan, mainly in exchange of raw materials, something the Nazis were really short of. Neither it is the so-called last U-boat as by the end of the war some +50 U-boats were still roaming the oceans, including a small number of the newly state-of-the-art U XXI type but that's another story.

This is a solid and well-made effort and on a much lower budget than "Das Boot", as this is a simple TV-movie. It is also the only movie made on this rather tricky subject because if just a part is indeed true the Nazis were seriously advanced in the making of an A-bomb.

The actors are reliable stalwarts and mainly well-known in Germany, except for the U-boat commander who was also the lead in the highly-acclaimed "The lives of others". The Germans come off rather well in this movie, except for the die-hard Nazi ofcourse. The Brits get a bit of a bad rap and the US are presented as smart dealmakers (hinting to what happened later with the cases of plutonium).

Even if there are some historical inaccuracies this is not to be missed by any self-proclaimed WW2 buff. I gave it an 8.

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