Battle of Okinawa

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Japan: 1945.

This final stand against the Allied onslaught soon becomes the bloodiest battle of the Pacific Theater, taking the horrors of war to a level never before seen, as the desperate Japanese Army tries to demonstrate to the Americans what they should expect when they assault the Japanese mainland.

Legendary director Kihachi Okamoto (Japan's Longest Day) creates a vivid depiction of the Pacific's most horrific campaign, and illustrates the strength of the ordinary Japanese people who endured the unendurable.


Studio Koch International
SKU 205483383
UPC 737187011504
UPC 14 00737187011504
Format DVD
Release Date 11/6/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Okamoto,Kihachi
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Cast & Crew
Hiroshi Haryu - Producer
Hiroshi Murai - Cinematographer
Kaneto Shindo - Writer
Keiju Kobayashi - Actor
Kihachi Okamoto - Director
Masaru Sato - Original Music By
Ryozo Kasahara - Writer
Sanezumi Fujimoto - Producer
Tatsuya Nakadai - Actor
Tetsuro Tamba - Actor
Yoshiro Muraki - Production Designer
Yoshitami Kuroiwa - Editor
Yuzo Kayama - Actor
Review ...Kihachi Okamo's Battle of Okinawa (aka: Gekido no showashi: Okinawa kessen) is a film that seems to cover all three cases [of a war film], excessive violence, dour melodramatic reflection, and potential tedium. Direct and simple in its narrative thrust, the film documents the final land battle between the Japanese and Americans on the island of Okinawa...Through a blend of archival footage, near documentarian narration, talented acting, and good old fashioned drama, the horrific struggle of the 32nd Division and the brave Okinawan citizens who joined them as troops, nurses, and fellow patriots, is brought to vivid life...In closing, Battle of Okinawa deserves props for its attempt toward educating people about a famous and immensely tragic battle in World Word II. It may not be entertaining in the classical sense, but that's not Okamoto's intention. The picture features some excellent performances by Tetsuro Tamba (Castle of Sand, Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf), Tatsuya Nakadai ( Kill! , The Face of Another), and Keiju Kobayashi (Shinsengumi, Nippon Chinbotsu), and as well as some striking cinematography by Hiroshi Murai (Japan's Longest Day, Samurai Assassin), making it worth a look for classic Japanese cinephiles and war scholars alike.
Reviewer Chris Nelson
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Okamoto,Kihachi
Label Animeigo
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Chris Nelson, ...brought to vivid life...[and] features some excellent well as some striking cinematography...

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