Suicide Attack (1951)

This film was cobbled together from Japanese newsreels and propaganda films, to boost home-front morale, filmed during World War Two. It shows the early conquests of Japan, beginning with ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Lerner

Writer:

Louis Pollock (narrative)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Dubov Paul Dubov ... Narrator (voice)
Hideki Tojo Hideki Tojo ... Tojo (archive footage)
Masaharu Homma Masaharu Homma ... General Homma (archive footage)
Jose P. Laurel Jose P. Laurel ... President LAurel (archive footage)
Prince Naruhiko Higeshi-Kuni Prince Naruhiko Higeshi-Kuni ... Prince Higeshi-Kuni (archive footage)
Jonathan M. Wainwright Jonathan M. Wainwright ... Gneral Jonathan Wainwright (archive footage)
George J. McMillan George J. McMillan ... General McMillan (archive footage)
A.E. Percival A.E. Percival ... General Percival (archive footage) (as Sir Arthur Percival)
Burdette Fitch Burdette Fitch ... General Fitch (archive footage)
Winfield S. Cunningham Winfield S. Cunningham ... Commander Cunningham (archive footage)
Torashiro Kawabe Torashiro Kawabe ... Lieutenant General Kawabe (archive footage)
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This film was cobbled together from Japanese newsreels and propaganda films, to boost home-front morale, filmed during World War Two. It shows the early conquests of Japan, beginning with the sneak attack and bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the declaration of war against the United States by Tojo. It includes archive footage of the bombings of MAnila and the Philippines, the Japanese invasion of Manila with paratroopers and a visit to the captured islands by Tojo. Footage used in this compilation film also included the bombing and surrender of Corregidor, the infamous Bataan Death March, the bombing of Hong Kong and the invasion of Burma, and the jungle warfare, leading to, when the tide of the war shifted in favor of the Allies, young Japanese pilots being sent out on suicide missions. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Authentic Views of the Brutal Warfare of World War II!

Genres:

Documentary | News | War

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1951 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Florea Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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WWII told through Japanese cameras point of view
21 December 2003 | by bradford-5See all my reviews

This interesting documentary retells the familiar story of WWII using captured Japanese film. It starts with the preparation for Pearl Harbor, from the carrier decks to the actual bombing, providing some of the only aerial footage that exists of the attack. It continues on to show everything from captured prisoners, to the results of the saturation bombings of Japan and the atomic bomb attack. Quality is variable, some clips are excellent, some are quite degraded. Aerial footage is quite good, while the ground footage seems amateurish at times, even though it is obviously official footage shot by Japanese army photographers. Well worth checking out by any history buff.


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