Among the finest of World War 2 films.
This focus of this film is on the morning of Sunday, December 7th,
1941, the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor.
This movie is outstanding... just superb. You won't find better action
footage in any WW II film and there's plenty of it too! We (Americans)
clearly got our behinds tromped during the Pearl Harbor invasion but,
because this is an American film, that facet of actuality is slightly
played down, (micro victories by individuals are featured to counter
our overall demise), as is Roosevelt's alleged desire to enter the war
minimized, (my 90 year-old aunt asserts that FDR was Satan himself, I
think mostly due to how our family members, during the conflict, were
fruitlessly lost and suffered as POWs).
In any event, the scenes herein shift between Washington D.C. political
activities and those of the Pearl Harbor principals. Of course, the
Japanese planning and action sequences are similarly featured.
The film is shot in letterbox and runs 144 minutes in length. Excellent
color saturation, with great casting (bulging with big period stars),
top scenery, believable script, 70 mm cinematography, and awesome sets
all contribute to the aggregate success of this exceptional film. It's
all very realistic and not hokey in any sense. A lot of the footage,
where the Japanese are speaking, is subtitled in English but it's
well-done and not at all distracting. Compare it to the German
subtitles in "The Longest Day".
I can't convey enough good comments about this movie. If you are even
just a casual movie viewer of common genres, you'll probably much enjoy
this well-made historical film, albeit some dramatic artistic license
was tastefully invoked by the directors, Richard Fleischer, Kinji
Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda .
I do recommend that you have the movie "Midway," (a sort of historic
Act II), ready at hand to watch following "Tora! Tora! Tora!" the
former of which is a similarly fine film..
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un film istoric cu odistributie de exceptie realizat exceptional.
un film istoric cu odistributie de exceptie realizat exceptional.
pearl harbour and red baron.
it is a great world war which took place between japan and america....
More docu less drama, but quality mostest
"Tora Tora Tora" is my favorite war movie, and objectively one of the best
documentary-style accounts of an historical military event. Told equally
from the Japanese point of view (actually, more), it reflects a joint
Japanese-American effort to stage the events leading up to Japan's attack
Pearl Harbor and the attack itself. Martin Balsam plays Admiral Kimmel,
supported by a good cast portraying the key U.S. figures, but closest to a
central personality (there really is none) is Admiral Yamamoto (So
Yamamura), the architect of the strike. "Tora" contrasts his views on
naval/air strategies with those of the Japanese "Old Guard", and emphasizes
his doubts about the notion of war with the U.S.
From the American side, apart from Kimmel and U.S. Army General Short
Robards), the principal characters are decoders Colonel Rufus Bratton (E.G.
Marshall) and Lieutenant Commander Alvin Kramer (Wesley Addy) -- actually,
in both cases, more so than Short. "Tora" gets straight to the point -- no
good love stories ("From Here to Eternity") or inane ones ("Pearl Harbor")
get in the way. The only mention of the subject comes when Kramer, as the
ability to trust anyone is being questioned, is asked whether he trusts his
wife, and states, "as a matter of fact, I do." Good, let's get down to
Unlike in the plastic "Pearl," in which "oil" is the 10-second explanation
for the bombing, the Japanese are treated in depth. The warlike spirit is
shown, but Japanese are not all saber-rattling fanatics, and are willing to
consider peaceful alternatives. Aside from Yamamoto, important figures
strategist Admiral Genda; naval task force leader Admiral Nagumo; and air
strike leader Lt. Fuchida. I won't bother to name other Japanese actors,
but suffice it to say none is Toshiro Mifune; for whatever reason, many
(including myself at one point--well, I was once his neighbor in Tokyo)
convinced he is in "Tora."
"Tora" being chiefly a chronicle of military facts, there is no appearance
from symbols of state President Roosevelt, though his advisors figure
prominently, and Emperor Hirohito, and only a brief one of hawkish Prime
Minister Tojo; his predecessor Prince Konoye, whose desire not to have war
with America is eclipsed, is given more focus. The issue of Roosevelt's
advance knowledge was rudimentary in 1970, and is not the sort of thing the
film sought to treat anyway. Amen, read that last clause again, those who
criticize unfairly some aspects of the movie.
Kimmel is portrayed more sympathetically than Short, who comes across as
somewhat brusque and brassy and makes a major strategical error by keeping
U.S. planes together in the airfields to guard against sabotage in Hawaii
Japanese locals. From the navy's viewpoint, problems were perceived, but a
principal difficulty was simply that there were not enough ships to go
around, aside from the problem of generally underdeveloped mechanisms of
defense, such as radar. However, the movie also shows, more subtly, that
Kimmel was not up to the task.
The earlier part of "Tora" focuses on piecemeal strategic points without
completely tying them together. However, there is much to cover, so it is
difficult to provide contexts and explanations for everything. What we do
get is presentation of the most important strategic issues, and America's
unpreparedness. As the time of the attack approaches, "Tora" takes
advantage of its better opportunity with events, as opposed to strategies:
the Japanese submarine, the radar warning, the telegram, other
communications failures, bad luck with weather. It clearly sets forth the
near-term facts behind America's failure of prevention--just tell us what
happened. But ultimately, the biggest blunder is on the Japanese side,
separate from the attack itself. Admiral Yamamoto's and Admiral Halsey's
contemplations fittingly wind down the dramatic recreation of the shock and
surprise of the attack.
There are beautiful scenes of Hawaii, too; indeed, "Pearl" edges out "Tora"
only in sunsets. The sea and blue sky, islands and mountains, Hawaiian
music at military clubs. The Japanese planes take off in dark early dawn,
nice aura, then a striking rising sun precedes beautiful dawn settings and
Sorry to be so narrative, but to do so is fitting in reviewing this very
narrative movie. There are no dash and elan, no good guys or bad guys, and
in fact, no protagonists or antagonists. Expressions of anger are not
terribly intense and are fleeting, no intense passions are worked up. The
closest thing to a hero is Colonel Bratton, whose importunations to accept
his warnings are legitimized only too late.
"Tora" turns the trick for viewers with a more straightforward than
sensationalistic approach who want to see a good, intelligent story;
uncontrived people; an excellent extended battle staging yet no cheap
special effects; no blood and gore; good flow. I am a big fan of "Lawrence
of Arabia," and tho I ultimately see all its scenes as justified, I admit
had moments of drag, in both the first and second halfs. Some people think
"Tora" drags at times, but it never drags for me. Besides, it is much
shorter than "Lawrence" and many other epics. Fair enough, some simply do
not like this type of movie as much as I do. But the attack on Pearl
itself is one of the most dramatic events in military history and certainly
U.S. history, and that helps carry the day. Geopolitics, strategy,
unpreparedness, codebreaking issues, miscommunication, before a war, then a
sneak attack -- John Wayne not needed.
10 out of 10.