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Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku (1970)

136min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This Second World War drama is a meticulous account of the preparations for and execution of the Japanese attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. With Richard Fleischer staging the American segments and Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku directing events from the Japanese perspective, the film bends over backwards to show that patriotism, courage and commitment to the cause were present on both sides, and therein lies its weakness. The battle sequences are magnificent, but the production's even-handedness makes it impossible to judge the true impact of the happenings on either nation.

Summary

Fact-based Second World War drama recounting the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both the Japanese and American perspectives, reconstructing the events leading up to the devastating attack on the US naval base in 1941. Starring Martin Balsam, So Yamamura, Joseph Cotten, James Whitmore and Jason Robards.

Cast & Crew

Admiral Husband E Kimmel Martin Balsam
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto So Yamamura
General Walter C Short Jason Robards
Henry L Stimson Joseph Cotten
Commander Minoru Genda Tatsuya Mihashi
Lt Col Rufus S Bratton E G Marshall
Lt Com Fuchida Takahiro Tamura
Admiral William F Halsey James Whitmore
Admiral Chuichi Nagumo Eijiro Tono
Lt Com Alvin D Kramer Wesley Addy
Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura Shogo Shimada
Lieutenant Commander Thomas Frank Aletter
Director Richard Fleischer
Director Toshio Masuda
Director Kinji Fukasaku
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Other Information

Language: Japanese, English +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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