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Eien no 0 (2013)

A young woman and her brother explore the history of their grandfather, who died in the WW2. They start contacting the m'en who flew with him, asking them about who he was.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jun'ichi Okada ... Miyabe
... Kentarô Saeki
Mao Inoue ... Matsuno
... Isaki
... Kageura
... Oishi
... Takeda
Tatsuya Ueda ... Koyama
Ken Aoki ... Ito
Rakuto Tochihara ... Teranishi
Ippei Sasaki
Yûya Endô ... Kagawa
Tarô Suruga
Toshihiro Yashiba


26 year old Kentaro discovers his biological grandfather died as a kamikaze pilot during WW2. He and his sister begin an investigation into what kind of person he was, interviewing men who fought with him. There follows the story of Japanese Navy Air Service Platoon Sergeant Miyabe, as told by four of the men who knew him best. Intricately woven the film follows him through Pearl Harbor, the Midway Battle and the Battle for Okinawa. When he finally loses his will and respect for life he enrolls in the Special Attack Force and passes his responsibility to return to his wife and infant daughter on to a younger pilot. An engaging tale of a man brave enough to challenge accepted ways of thinking. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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From Pearl Harbor to Midway: a love buried for 60 years. See more »


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Release Date:

21 December 2013 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Eien no Zero  »

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$82,879,386, 6 July 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Written by Keisuke Kuwata
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novel is always a novel, movie always a movie
3 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

when a movie is adapted from a novel, there are things when you read the novel, some of the impossible and highly unlikely storyline and dialog written by the author, might not consciously spot by the reader the impossibilities unlikely to be heard or seen by any third party in the novel about some dialog that only delivered between two other persons. yet in this film, or in that novel, when the husband suddenly came back to see his wife and his baby daughter, what he said to his wife before returning to his battle station, such as, "i'll be back, even i died, i'll be back to you and to our daughter..." blah, blah and blah, well, those words are absolutely impossible to be heard by the third person, but this impossible crap just happened in this film, thus made the film suddenly became so ridiculously unbelievable.

this film just telling from the side and in the eyes of the Japanese and their survivors from the WWII and somehow was trying to tell their post second world Japanese new generations a subtly twisted around story from their cruelty and their heartless attacks, their barbarous acts, the widely spread animal-like atrocity to America and to most part of the Asian countries like China, Korea and most south east Asian countries.

this film also got a hidden agenda for the purpose of self-justifying for what they did to their own people and in the meantime, trying so subtly to gain some sympathy from those countries and their people suffered during the invasions of the Japanese military forces. this is a self-indulgent, self-righteous and self-justified one-sided story, only emphasizing the very little part or even just one Japanese pilot whose goal is to survive the war and return to his family, but never allow the Japanese audience to have the least opportunity to know the other side and the other part of what their Japanese military forces, in the air or on the ground, did to the mankind during that time.

the Japanese people have to know one thing: why the American never used atomic bombs on the 3rd Reich motherland but on their island nation. the 'WHY' actually is more important to be told in this self-indulgent tear-jerking Japanese fictitious story.

to me, this is a very pretentious and untruthful movie that only tried to win some empathy from their own people and nothing more.

it is also clear that the author of this novel has used the plotting technique from the movie 'Rushomon': so many different people tried to explain one happenstance from so many different angles, yet there was no possible way whatsoever to determine which one was actually the ultimate truth.

a reader of a novel as well as a viewer of a movie should at least use their brains and their basic logic and/or common senses in order not to be so easily manipulated by the storyline.

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