Japan's longest day

Japan's longest day

DVD - 2006 | Japanese
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Suggested: 18+. Warning: Contains graphic depictions of historical events.
The dramatic story of the end of WWII and the destruction faced by the Japanese people. This is the story of August 15, 1945, Japan's longest day, where in a single 24-hour period, the fate of 100 million people would be decided.
Publisher: Wilmington, NC : AnimEigo, [2006]
ISBN: 9781565674745
156567474X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 157 min.) : anamorphic, sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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PeterRLD
Nov 22, 2017

This movie was made by the Japanese in the mid-60ies, documenting the period between the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and the actual surrender. These events are as scary as hell; even after the emperor stepped in to insist on a surrender, elements of the army could not bear the idea and launched an attempted coup, aimed at capturing the emperor and preventing him from broadcasting his agreement to abide by allied terms. Victory or death! I don't know what the chances were of it succeeding, but I'm incredibly happy it didn't.

Chaos1214 Nov 20, 2015

Harrowing account of the desperation and deadly intrigue that pervaded the final hours before Emperor Hirohito's historic radio address announcing Japan's surrender at the end of World War II. A truly potent, and affecting, historical document (presented in Japanese with English subtitles).

greglibrary Sep 11, 2014

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Had President Truman, cabinet members and advisors; Stimson, Byrnes and Sen. Richard Russell understood Japan's Emperor of the People [War Ministry], the Samurai way and their nation's fear of Russia entering the War
against them instead of a broker to the Potsdam Declaration there may have been no reason for two atomic bomb
drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
These American and Allied historical follies are all too prevalent in the 21st Century when the Bush and Neocon Administration blindly invaded The Middle East. Once again...a fog gathers through mis-definition in terms.

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akirakato
Aug 28, 2014

This is a 1967 docu-drama about Japan's longest day---August 15, 1945, when Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen.
Emperor Hirohito, however, joins with his ministers in asking the unthinkable, the peaceful surrender of Japan.
When the military plots a coup to overthrow the Emperor's civilian government, Anami must face the choice between his desires and loyalty to his Emperor.
In Japan, all soldiers were told from first day of their enlistment that surrender was not only unacceptable but was treason.
When they learned, therefore, that their government, including their own military superiors, were going to surrender, some of the fanatic officers---if not all the soldiers---went against surrender.
This is a gripping, fascinating, breathtaking and action-filled documentary-style film.
Especially, the suicide scene of Anami (played by the world-famous Toshiro Mifune) is so realistic that you would feel his agony and grief.
At the very last moment, Anami tells his men to live for the new Japan.
You will probably understand how come Japan has been rebuilt from ashes by the utterly defeated people.
In any case, this is one of the greatest anti-war movies.

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