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


Action | Drama | Mystery | War


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Release Date:

21 December 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fighter Pilot See more »

Filming Locations:

Kagoshima, Japan See more »


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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


Miyabe: I don't want to die.
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Version of Eien no 0 (2015) See more »


Written by Keisuke Kuwata
Performed by 'Sazan Ôru Sutâzu'
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Refreshingly different portrayal of the enemy.....
3 March 2016 | by kvisle-91828See all my reviews

This is an involved and engaging love story using Japan's involvement in WW2 as a back drop. It starts and ends with I believe a replicated scene that was based on actual footage that I remember seeing when I studied the history of the Second World War in the Pacific.

There was nothing I didn't like about the film. I liked the characters, the plot and the CGI. Nothing overpowered any other part of the film.

It is a long film at nearly 2.5 hours but I found it totally engrossing.

A week after I saw it I watched it again with my daughter (who knows very little if anything of the Japanese involvement in WW2) and she enjoyed it also. She rated it 8/10

I found it to be a refreshingly different portrayal of the other side in that conflict.

Last Friday night a group of friends came around for dinner. During the meal I was asked if I had seen any good films lately. So after dinner we watched The Eternal Zero. Harry gave it 7/10, Vicky 8/10. If anyone else rates it then I will update this post.

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