Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora!

DVD - 2001
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A dramatization which chronicles the bombing of Pearl Harbor from both the Japanese and American points of view.

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dudley_C
Apr 29, 2018

In one of the supplements, someone says that Tora! Tora! Tora! was one of the first films to be called a docudrama. And that's what it is, following known events closely, with only dialogue added and only additional facts, such as that six, not just, two, U.S. fighters got off the ground to engage the Japanese attack planes. I found it engaging all the way, but not that exciting and certainly not suspenseful. It is very staidly directed, probably because of a heavily involved producer and of the effort to meld the styles of American director Richard Fleischer and two Japanese directors, one of whom, Fukasaku, became famous for yakuza and other action films. Neither Fukasaku's signature "shaky" camera not any of the moody lighting and camera placement Fleischer honed in some crackerjack films noir (e.g., Trapped, The Narrow Margin) and that were on view just before T!T!T! in The Boston Strangler are present here, and frankly, I didn't miss them. Anyone interested in what WWII looked like at its start for America should be pleased watching this, no matter how unaffecting it is.

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itbgc
Mar 29, 2018

Anyone else notice the date at the end of the " U.S. declares war on Japan" "Movie Tone News" special feature? MCMXXXIX...

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reginator_22
Jan 26, 2018

Great movie! Classic!

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miaone
Oct 25, 2017

I have a real affection for this film, partly because while it was being filmed at Pearl Harbor, my students and I, at the old Waipahu High School, were in class underneath some of the low-flying planes. Sometimes we would inadvertently duck as they flew what seemed just a few feet over our classroom which was located on the banks of an old, unused part of Pearl Harbor. It was the school year 1968-69, and I was in my first year of teaching high school French on Oahu. Sometimes, to entertain my students, I'd go to the window and yell at the planes in French. Ah, fond memories.

I also like this film because of its attempt to be even-handed and historically accurate. It does not throw in an irrelevant, romantic triangle or lots of historical errors, as does the movie "Pearl Harbor" in 2000.

So often in Hollywood films about WWII, the Japanese pilots and officers are portrayed as insanely ferocious. I think the truth was colder than that: this attack is the kind of thing that can happen when a reactionary military takes over a civilian government.

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Dave99_0
Jun 30, 2017

This film plods. One hour and 25. minutes pass before the Japanese navy launch their bombers and fighters to attack Pearl Harbor. The battle scenes are spectacular. IMHO, I would rate "Tora! Tora! Tora!" at 3.0 stars.

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akirakato
Jan 09, 2017

This is a 1970 Japanese-American historical docudrama directed by Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda (舛田利雄) and Kinji Fukasaku (深作欣二).
The title (Tora! Tora! Tora!) is the Japanese codeword used to indicate that complete surprise had been achieved.
Tora (虎) literally means "tiger", but in this case was an acronym for TOtsugeki RAigeki (突撃雷撃 or "lightning attack").
The Japanese side was initially to be directed by Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明), who worked on script development and pre-production for two years.
But after two weeks of shooting, he was replaced by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku.
Richard Fleischer said that Kurosawa was miscast for this film, this was not his type of film to make, he never made anything like it and that it just wasn't his style.
Besides, Kurosawa always had complete autonomy, and nobody would dare make a suggestion to Kurosawa about the budget, or shooting schedule, or anything for that matter.
Despite the human problems, however, the film turns out one of the most fascinating and vivid action movies.

AladarNyc Oct 06, 2015

This an accurate and well filmed account of that fateful day in Pearl Harbor. Good additional Bonus Features too.

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hendrikhols
Dec 19, 2011

a very good production for its time, and the historical accuracy is good...if you like history you'll probably like this.

aaa5756 May 03, 2011

B+ DVD

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Jan 26, 2018

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto: I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

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