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Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 9 August 1945 (USA)
A comprehensive look at the war in the Pacific during World War II. Shot as a propaganda film by acclaimed Hollywood director Frank Capra

Directors:

Frank Capra (uncredited), Joris Ivens (uncredited)
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Uncredited cast:
John Beal ... Narrator (uncredited)
Howard Duff ... Narrator (uncredited)
Walter Huston ... Narrator (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (uncredited)
John J. McCloy John J. McCloy ... Himself - Assistant Secretary of War (uncredited)
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A comprehensive look at the war in the Pacific during World War II. Shot as a propaganda film by acclaimed Hollywood director Frank Capra

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conosci il tuo nemico - Giappone See more »

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U.S. War Department See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Very few people saw this movie at the time. Because the war was almost over, the United States government decided that the depiction of the Japanese was too negative. It was not released to the general public. See more »

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Edited from Penny Serenade (1941) See more »

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Interesting, despite the obvious propaganda.
13 June 2018 | by grantssSee all my reviews

An American propaganda film made during World War 2, during the height of the conflict with Japan. Shows Japan's history, culture, people, politics industry and military weapons and tactics, and how Japan came to be at war with the US.

Interesting. No pretence of being a 'documentary' film this is clearly a propaganda film - the anti-Japanese sentiment is laid on quite thick at times. Can be quite slanderous at times, and viewed in modern times and without the benefit of context, could even be viewed as racist.

Yet the context is important. The US had a war to win and the best way to keep your soldiers and civilians motivated is to paint the enemy as evil monsters of the highest order.

Not that it's all fabricated - far from it, most of the atrocities the Japanese are accused of are true.

It's not all anti-Japanese sentiment though. There are some interesting passages covering Japan's history and this is fairly neutral in its tone. Therein lies the skill of the director (the great Frank Capra, no less) - mixed in with genuine history is pure propaganda, and it's sometimes difficult to tell the two apart.


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