Tora! Tora! Tora!

  • U
  • Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku (1970)
  • US / Jpn (SUB)
  • 136 min
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Martin Balsam and Jason Robards Jr, portraying the events that led to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, an act which brought the United States into the conflict.

Cast and 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


Richard Fleischer
Toshio Masuda
Kinji Fukasaku

Other Information

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