Rating: 7.5 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 12/07/2018
Most recently watched by sleestakk
As Japan joins in a political pact with Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is appointed supreme commander of the Japanese fleet. With Japan headed inexorably toward war, Yamamoto, despite his misgivings, believes the only possible victory lies in destroying the American fleet by surprise at Pearl Harbor. The attack succeeds, but fails to sink the American carrier fleet. Thus Yamamoto must lead the Japanese navy into war with ever-diminishing likelihood of success.
Length 130 minutes
Toshirō Mifune | Masayuki Mori | Daisuke Katô | Yoshio Tsuchiya | Kenji Sahara | Yoshio Inaba | Seiji Miyaguchi | Toshio Kurosawa | Akira Kubo | Yoshifumi Tajima | Tôru Ibuki | Akihiko Hirata | Susumu Fujita | Yûzô Kayama | Tatsuya Nakadai | Yôko Tsukasa | Kenjiro Ishiyama | Tôru Abe | Tatsuyoshi Ehara | Ichirô Nakatani | Makoto Satō | Susumu Kurobe | Masao Shimizu | Ryuji Kita | Eijirô Yanagi | Yutaka Sada | Yû Fujiki | Kôshirô Matsumoto | Hisaya Itô | Fuyuki Murakami | Tadashi Okabe | Haruo Nakajima | Masao Imafuku | Rinsaku Ogata | Ryô Tamura | Wakako Sakai | Ryutaro Tatsumi | Jun'ichirô Mukai | Naoya Kusakawa | Masaki Shinohara | Kôji Uruki | Hiroyuki Ôta | Masaaki Tachibana
This is almost a remake of STORM OVER THE PACIFIC which I watched right before this movie. Even some of the battle scenes seems to be the same / taken from that film, which would make sense (Tsuburaya did so well why not repurpose them). However, this film continues after Midway whereas that previous film concluded after that battle.
Also Mifune was a fleet commander in that earlier film and here he is Admiral Yamamoto. Akihiko Hirata is back in a promoted role as well. Even Makoto Satō got a promotion here!
Really good film that follows Yamamoto from before the war and his reluctance to get involved but does so with the planning of the Pearl Harbor attack. After the defeat at Midway, he returns with his Battleship Yamato to rescue the remaining soldiers at the Guadalcanal Campaign. Then he decides to travel to the frontline and is subsequently killed on his flight. Mifune is great in the role.
The use of previous footage makes sense (assuming they did in fact use the older footage) since they had to create the Yamato and other battles for this movie.