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The bombing of pearl harbor is presented from both the american and japanese viewpoints with some fantastic action scenes.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40149645
UPC 024543013174
UPC 14 00024543013174
Format DVD
Release Date 5/25/2004
Rating Rating
Big Battles
Pearl Harbor (WWII)
Theatrical Release
True Story
World War II
Editors Note
Note A Japanese-American co-production, director Richard Fleischer (SOYLENT GREEN) and two Japanese directors put together this ultrarealistic account of the bombing of Pearl Harbor as presented from the perspectives of both nations, as diplomatic tensions rise between the two countries. While the Japanese military plans its attack on American military installations, the American forces nearly stumble into a much greater calamity due to a series of errors and mistakes. As the two sides plunge closer to war, the tension escalates until the final, spectacular air raid, the most realistic ever filmed. This ITA award winner has a fabulous cast, including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Jason Robards, James Whitmore, and E.G. Marshall.
Entertainment Weekly "...The film glories in its Panavision sweep, from its full-length shots of battleships at sea to its artfully composed formations of Japanese fighter planes..." 06/08/2001 p.54
New York Times "[The] film now seems strikingly modern and mature." 05/23/2006 p.E5
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] scrupulously authentic recreation of the build-up to Pearl Harbor..." 02/01/2007 p.124
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he work of seasoned pulp directors Richard Fleischer and future BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY man Kinji Fukasaku keeps things taut." 02/01/2007 p.106
Richard Fleischer
Toshio Masuda
Kinji Fukasaku
Jason Robards
Sô Yamamura
Martin Balsam
Cast & Crew
Jason Robards, Jr. - Actor
Martin Balsam - Actor
Joseph Cotten - Actor
Soh Yomamura - Actor
Richard Fleischer, et al. - Director
Osamu Furuya, et al. - Director of Photography
Inoue Chikaya, et al. - Editor
Jerry Goldsmith - Musical Score
Otto Lang - Producer
Richard Day, et al. - Production Designer
Larry Forrester, et al. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1970
Catalog ID 2001317
UPC 00024543013174
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 149 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Japanese
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1971) L.B. Abbott, A.D. Flowers, Winner, Best Effects, Special Visual Effects,Carl Biddiscombe, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Osamu Furuya, et al., Nominee, Best Cinematography,Inoue Chikaya, et al., Nominee, Best Film Editing,Herman Lewis, et al., Nominee, Best Sound
American Cinema Editors, USA (1971) Inoue Chikaya, et al., Nominee, Best Edited Feature Film
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Events leading up to (well-staged) Pearl Harbor attack, from both American and Japanese points of view. Well-documented screenplay shows major and minor blundering on both sides, then recreates attack with frightening realism. Well-made film creates incredible tension. Oscar-winning special effects.
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource VideoHound's Golden Moview Retriever
Review The story of events leading up to December 7, 1941, is retold by three directors from both Japanese and American viewpoints in this tense, large-scale production. Well-documented and realistic treatment of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into WWII; notable for its good photography...
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Special Edition, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Robards,Jason
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
VideoHound's Golden Moview Retriever Well-documented and realistic...
Leonard Maltin Well-made film...

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