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Battle of Chemulpo Bay (1904)

A historical re-enactment of a naval battle in Chemulpo Bay off the coast of Korea during the Russo-Japanese war. Shows a Japanese ship damaging one Russian vessel and sinking another.


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Shows the crew of a Japanese battleship working a gun during the engagement of Chemulpo Bay. The Russian cruiser "Variag," and gunboat "Koreitz," are seen coming out of the harbor. As soon as they appear in the open sea they are attacked by the Japanese fleet, and after receiving a fierce fire from the enemy's guns, they endeavor to return to port, but both sink before reaching the bay. Written by Edison Catalog

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Short | Action | War





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20 April 1904 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Pretty Good Early War Film
5 August 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

For the era when this was filmed, this is a reasonably ambitious effort from Edison, but then it was directed by Edwin S. Porter who, a few months earlier, had single-handedly changed the course of cinematic history when he filmed The Great Train Robbery.

The film is a fairly simple recreation of a sea battle between Japanese and Russian ships during the Russo-Japanese war. The action is seen from the deck of the Japanese ship, with a half dozen or so Japanese sailors firing a massive cannon at Russian ships in the distance. They sink a couple, and take some damage in the process, and each time a Russian ship goes down the sailors wave their caps in admirably restrained celebration. It's nothing special by today's standards but is rather good for its day.

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