Emperor and a General

Emperor and a General

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Director: Kihachi Okamoto

Cast: Kihachi Okamoto, Toshiro Mifune, So Yamamura, Chishu Ryu

     
 

This star-studded and relatively lavishly produced fact-based war drama, set in 1945 Japan during WW II, chronicles the attempts of Japan's War Minister, (played by Toshiro Mifune), to prevent Emperor Hirohito from publicly broadcasting the declaration of surrender. The War Minister rallies those officers around him who also want to keep the war going. The… See more details below

Overview

This star-studded and relatively lavishly produced fact-based war drama, set in 1945 Japan during WW II, chronicles the attempts of Japan's War Minister, (played by Toshiro Mifune), to prevent Emperor Hirohito from publicly broadcasting the declaration of surrender. The War Minister rallies those officers around him who also want to keep the war going. The conspirators murder the leader of the Imperial Guards and storm the palace. Fortunately they are stopped by the palace guard. On learning of this failure, the War Minister commits suicide. At least one Western reviewer of this 1967 film (for Variety) still bore very harsh memories of the war and attributed all sorts of face-saving propagandistic intent by the Japanese to this relatively innocuous movie. He was particularly distressed that the aura of sanctity surrounding the Emperor remained intact and was even enhanced by this film; even so, he praised it as expertly acted and entertaining in its own right, despite being an apparently "official" film.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
UPC:
0737187011498
Original Release:
1967
Source:
Animeigo
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:38:00

Special Features

Interactive program notes; Image gallery; Trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune War Minister Anami
So Yamamura Navy Minister
Chishu Ryu Prime Minister
Seiji Miyaguchi Foreign Minister
Rokko Toura Actor
Yoshio Kosugi Actor
Takashi Shimura Information Chief
Tadao Nakamaru Actor
Toshio Kurosawa Maj. Hatanaka
Ushio Akashi Actor
Takeshi Kato Actor
Koji Mitsui Actor
Yoshio Tsuchiya Actor
Shogo Shimada Imperial Commander Mori
Daisuke Kato Yabe of NHK
Jun Tazaki Col. Kosono
Akihiko Hirata Actor
Nobuo Nakamura Lord Kido
Eisei Amamoto Actor
Makoto Sato Actor
Kenjiro Ishiyama Gen. Tanaka
Susumu Fujita Col. Haga
Yunosuke Ito Maj. Gen. Nonaka
Keiju Kobayashi Chamberlain Tokugawa
Ichiro Nakaya Actor
Koshiro Matsumoto Emperor Hirohito
Michiyo Aratama Yuriko Hara
Yuzo Kayama Tateno of NHK

Technical Credits
Kihachi Okamoto Director
Iwao Akune Art Director
Shinobu Hashimoto Screenwriter
Hiroshi Murai Cinematographer
Masaru Sato Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Japan's Longest Day
1. Chapter 1 [6:53]
2. Chapter 2 [5:24]
3. Chapter 3 [8:53]
4. Chapter 4 [6:23]
5. Chapter 5 [6:16]
6. Chapter 6 [6:18]
7. Chapter 7 [5:29]
8. Chapter 8 [8:52]
9. Chapter 9 [6:13]
10. Chapter 10 [6:26]
11. Chapter 11 [7:56]
12. Chapter 12 [7:53]
13. Chapter 13 [7:15]
14. Chapter 14 [3:45]
15. Chapter 15 [5:36]
16. Chapter 16 [7:05]
17. Chapter 17 [8:16]
18. Chapter 18 [4:56]
19. Chapter 19 [4:42]
20. Chapter 20 [5:48]
21. Chapter 21 [4:27]
22. Chapter 22 [5:19]
23. Chapter 23 [6:18]
24. Chapter 24 [10:38]

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