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Japan at War

  • DVD
  • 4 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This collection brings together four markedly different but uniformly praised World War II-themed features from Japan. The first two entries in the program emerged from the efforts of the cause clbre Okamoto Kihachi: JAPAN'S LONGEST DAY (1967) dramatizes the tide-turning events of August 15, 1945 - when Japan, on the brink of complete ruination following double atomic bombings from the United States, reached a governmental impasse, and its emperor (Toshiro Mifune) could only move forward by stepping down and thus ending the centuries-old Japanese empire. Kihachi's 1971 BATTLE OF OKINAWA also transpires in 1945; it dramatizes the final stand of the Japanese against the Allied forces, which led to the titular battle - one of the bloodiest and most gruesome of all WWII conflicts. Jumping ahead three years, Kosaku Yamashita's 3-hour-plus FATHER OF THE KAMIKAZE relays the biographical story of Takijiro Onishi, an inwardly conflicted admiral who launches a bold and brash strategy to strongarm America into a resolution: kamikaze attacks against the Allied military forces. Finally, Shohei Imamura's 1988 BLACK RAIN (the recipient of two awards at the Cannes Film Festival) follows a family journeying through the ruins of Hiroshima in the wake of the atomic bomb, worried that one of its members will not be married due to impending radiation sickness.
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  • Genre: Action
  • Run Time: 629:00
  • Released: 3/9/2010
  • UPC: 737187011481
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