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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




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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Hopeless mission
14 August 1999 | by I.KSee all my reviews

A few weeks before the end of the war Lieutenant Commander Gerber has been ordered to sail to Japan carrying a load of Uranium oxide, which is one of the key components to build an atomic bomb, Gerber will also have to take passengers, amongst them two japanese navy officers, a fanatical military judge, and a man who is involved in the conspiracy to assasin Hitler. To make the journey even more dangerous a spy in the U-boat´s base in Kristiansand, Norway has sent a message warning the British about the U-boat.

The story of the LTC Gerber´s boat is based on the true story of Wolfgang Hirschfeld´s book "U-boat Diary" although much dramatized.

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