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Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora!

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Director: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda, Martin Balsam

Cast: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda, Martin Balsam


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This 25-million dollar epic collaboration accurately recreates the events that led to the Japanese attack on the American naval base during World War II. With Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, the wheels are set in motion by Japan to plan the attack. After internal differences in the government, the Japanese quickly mobilize plans for the assault. Key


This 25-million dollar epic collaboration accurately recreates the events that led to the Japanese attack on the American naval base during World War II. With Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, the wheels are set in motion by Japan to plan the attack. After internal differences in the government, the Japanese quickly mobilize plans for the assault. Key American personnel ignored warnings of the possibility of Japanese aggression. The first part of the film divides scenes from both countries. Part two contains spectacular battle scenes of the bombing that destroyed the American naval base of operations in Hawaii. Governmental errors on both sides add to the confusion, but the Japanese ultimately carry out the deadly mission. The film did well in Japan, did not do well in the he United States, and took years to make back the production costs. It remains an insightful and well crafted World War II action drama that was the result of years of negotiations between the two countries.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the best World War II movies ever made, Tora! Tora! Tora! lavishly and meticulously restages the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor -- and does so with a zeal for authenticity that borders on the documentary. The real-life story unfolds simultaneously from both American and Japanese points of view; in an unusual filmmaking gambit, Hollywood director Richard Fleischer helms the scenes featuring American principals Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, E. G. Marshall, and James Whitmore, while Japanese directors Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaka handle those with Soh Yamamura, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takahiro Tamura, and Eijoro Tono. This approach results in a more balanced presentation of the facts, including dramatizations of the misinterpretations and blundering that bedeviled both sides in the days leading up to the attack. Famous historical personalities are accurately portrayed, actual locations are utilized wherever possible, and the actors play their parts with restraint. A well-deserved Oscar went to special-effects giants A. D. Flowers and L. B. Abbott for their amazingly realistic re-creation of the Sunday-morning bombing. Refreshingly free of the mindless jingoism that characterizes many WWII movies, Tora! Tora! Tora! stands head and shoulders above most others because it attaches equal importance to showmanship and accuracy. Fleischer and Japanese-film historian Stewart Galbraith supply a commentary for the Special Edition DVD, which also includes the documentary Day of Infamy.

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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Commentay by directore Richard Fleischer & Japanese film historian Stuart Galbraith lV; Two historical documentaries ; AMC backstory: "Tora!Tora! Tora!"; Behind-the-scenes still galleries; Ten fox movietone news features; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Balsam Adm. Husband E. Kimmel
So Yamamura Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
Joseph Cotten Henry L. Stimson
Tatsuya Mihashi Cmdr. Minoru Genda
E.G. Marshall Lt. Col. Rufus S. Bratton
Takahiro Tamura Lt. Cmdr. Fuchida
Eijiro Tono Admiral Nagumo
Wesley Addy Lt. Commander Kramer
Shogo Shimada Ambassador Nomura
Frank Aletter Lt. Commander Thomas
Leon Ames Frank Knox
Junya Usami Adm. Yoshida
Richard Anderson Capt. John Earle
Neville Brand Lt. Kaminsky
Leora Dana Mrs. Kramer
George Macready Cordell Hull
Rick Cooper Lt. Welch
Elven Havard Doris Miller
June Dayton Miss Ray Cave
Jeff Donnell Cornelia
Shunichi Nakamura Kameto Kirojima
Edmon Ryan Rear Adm. Bellinger
Hisao Toake Saburo Kurusu
Susumu Fujita Actor
Toshio Hosokawa Actor
Hank Jones Actor
Kazuo Kitamura Foreign Minister Matuoka
Karl Lukas Actor
Ron Masak Actor
Carl Reindel Lt. Taylor
Koreya Senda Prince Fumimaro Konoye
G.D. Spradlin uncredited
Asao Uchida Gen. Hideki Tojo
James Whitmore Adm. William F. Halsey
Keith Andes Gen. George Marshall
Edward Andrews Admiral Stark
Norman Alden Maj. Truman Landon
Walter Brooke Capt. Theodore Wilkinson
Richard Erdman Col. Edward French
Jerry Fogel Lt. Cmdr. William Outerbridge
Robert Shayne Actor
Jason Robards Gen. Walter C. Short
Richard Krisher Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Kinji Fukasaku Director
Toshio Masuda Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Inoue Chikaya Editor
James Corcoran Sound/Sound Designer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Richard Day Art Director
Larry Forrester Screenwriter
Osamu Furuya Cinematographer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
David Hall Asst. Director
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Shinsaku Himeda Cinematographer
Taizoh Kawashima Art Director
Ryuzo Kikushima Screenwriter
Otto Lang Associate Producer
Herman Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Yoshiro Muraki Art Director
James Newcom Editor
Hideo Oguni Screenwriter
Norman Rockett Set Decoration/Design
Masamichi Satoh Cinematographer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director,Production Designer
Murray Spivack Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Charles Wheeler Cinematographer
Elmo Williams Producer
Douglas O. Williams Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tora! Tora! Tora!
1. Main Titles [3:32]
2. The Axis Alliance [1:31]
3. Washington, D.C. [4:34]
4. Operation: Magic [1:35]
5. Torpedo Planes [:16]
6. Pear Harbor [1:55]
7. A Foolproof Plan [1:40]
8. Full Alert [6:43]
9. Carrying Out the Plan [6:38]
10. A New Training Program [5:13]
11. An October Deadling [:45]
12. "Climb Mt. Niitaka" [4:05]
13. The Pieces Fit Together [5:02]
14. A War Warning [3:01]
15. Making the Rounds [2:11]
16. Oblivious to Danger [4:28]
17. The 14th Part [4:44]
18. Intermission [3:25]
19. Mission Underway [1:25]
20. Convinced of An Attack [5:00]
21. A Submarine in the Security Zone [2:52]
22. Spotted on Radar [:14]
23. Bad Atmospherics [8:17]
24. Flying School [2:07]
25. The Attack [5:46]
26. Unarmed and Outta Gas [:43]
27. Striking the Airfields [:57]
28. A Run for the Sea [3:46]
29. Dogfight [3:10]
30. Mission Accomplished [1:53]
31. End Credits [2:56]


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Tora! Tora! Tora! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This outstanding American and Japanese film is quite possibly the finest audio-visual narrative of the Pearl Harbor attack. It is historically accurate (save a few minor details), well presented and very exciting. For strategy devotees, this is a must see.
arch1967 More than 1 year ago
I bought Tora, Tora, Tora because I had seen it a number of years ago on VHS. Being a history major, I was impressed with the historical detail of the movie. The movie also goes into the "back story" on the Japanese side and show how the attack was planned and why it was deemed necessary by the Japanese. It also shows how the US government was almost sleeping through world events, while ignoring the concerns those people who were paying attention to what was going on. Also covered is the fact that Washington had detailed intelligence on Japanese plans, but would not release all of the information to their theater commanders (Admiral Kimmell and General Short). This forced them to guess their best course of action, and they guessed wrong. I was also impressed with the fact that the Japanese actors in the movie actually speak Japanese (not English) as in other WWII movies. This is a movie well worth adding to the collection of any WWII or history buff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The more recent Pearl Harbor went for the James Cameron formula in Titanic, in which an immediate & personal story plays out in the foreground while the historical event is the backdrop. This film was made almost in a documentary style and great care was taken to present a balanced view. This film better explains, as well as a movie can, the forces that drove the Pearl Harbor attack as well as why the United States was caught so unprepared. Great visuals and action complement the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a great movie. The title is the neatest part. Tora means tiger in japenesse. That was the attack call for the japanesse fighter planes.
BluEyeBob More than 1 year ago
An absolute "must have" if you are a WWII buff. It is still the most informative and accurate movie about Pearl Harbor and it has stood the test of time. The BluRay transfer is very good. Extras are also worth noting. I have watched it many times and I enjoy it every time I watch it. GREAT cast.
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