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The Fighter Pilot (2013)

Eien no 0 (original title)
A young woman and her brother explore the history of their grandfather, who died in the WW2. They start contacting the men who flew with him, asking them about who he was.


Takashi Yamazaki


Takashi Yamazaki (screenplay), Tamio Hayashi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jun'ichi Okada ... Miyabe
Haruma Miura ... Kentarô Saeki
Mao Inoue Mao Inoue ... Matsuno
Gaku Hamada ... Isaki
Hirofumi Arai ... Kageura
Shôta Sometani ... Oishi
Takahiro Miura ... Takeda
Tatsuya Ueda Tatsuya Ueda ... Koyama
Ken Aoki Ken Aoki ... Ito
Rakuto Tochihara Rakuto Tochihara ... Teranishi
Ippei Sasaki Ippei Sasaki
Yûya Endô Yûya Endô ... Kagawa
Takehiro Hira
Tarô Suruga Tarô Suruga
Toshihiro Yashiba 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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Did You Know?


Hayao Miyazaki, who criticized the film for "trying to make a Zero fighter story based on a fictional war account that is a pack of lies" had months before released The Wind Rises (2013), a film about the designer of the same aircraft depicted in this film. See more »


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Written by Keisuke Kuwata
Performed by 'Sazan Ôru Sutâzu'
Courtesy of Taishita Label Music/Victor Entertainment
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One of the Best Japanese Films
12 April 2017 | by pinokiyoSee all my reviews

I would put this in one of my top favorite films. It's as good as "Letters from Iwo Jima"

Was the lives worth it for the future of Japan?

It's kind of like "The Notebook" meets "Pearl Harbor". (well, better than those two films!) If you had to choose love between your own family and country/men; many had to face the same dilemma. People can have different perspective whether one is a coward or a real hero.

I'm not sure how I missed this film when it first came out, but I recently watched it and I was engaged throughout the whole film.

The director Takashi Yamazaki also makes really large scale Hollywood-like production quality.

There's many war films out there, but this one is actually refreshing and meaningful. It really hits hard on the impact and value of life - how precious it really is.

I really liked how it brought up the controversy/showed and compared how people/kids of modern Japan also judged the way they saw the kamikaze pilots who fought for them. Some people argue they were just crazy brainwashed terrorists, but not everything is just simply black and white.

The film stars Juichi Okada, a famous former Japenese boy band group member called V6, who plays the main pilot. I was surprised he could act so well, as he was amazing in the film.

I liked how the film had that small subtle connection/twist of the old man with the security cameras in his home/samurai sword; you'd only get it if you were paying attention.

I highly recommend this film. It's definitely one of the quality war films made.

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21 December 2013 (Japan) See more »

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Kagoshima, Japan See more »


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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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