Rent The Admiral (2011)

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2h 15min
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Synopsis:
On December 7th, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy", 353 Japanese fighters and bombers launched a brutal surprise attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. Nearly 2500 U.S. serviceman lost their lives on that fateful morning, and a scandalized nation gave their full support for America's historic entry into the Second World War. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the brilliant Commander-in-Chief of Japan's Combined Fleet, was the mastermind behind the attack.
Marked for death by radical Japanese nationalists for his outspoken opposition to any attack on the United States, what dramatic turn of events could have possibly compelled him to orchestrate the infamous early morning raid?
Actors:
, , Shûichi Azumaya, , , , , , Shunji Igarashi, , Jun Itô, , Hiroki Kobari, , , , , , ,
Directors:
Izuru Narushima
Producers:
Shohei Kotaki
Writers:
Yasuo Hasegawa, Kenzaburô Iida
Aka:
Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku
Studio:
Cine-Asia
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Countries:
Japan, Action & Adventure, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2012
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Trailer Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2012
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Trailer Gallery

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Reviews (1) of The Admiral

Its NOT like Tora Tora Tora! - The Admiral review by SP

Spoiler Alert
07/05/2018

I was very absorbed by this movie, although I think it is best suited to those with some interest in Japanese military history. One should always be suspicious of the historical accuracy of movies (hence the recent controversy over the Churchill movies and Viceroy House) and it needs to be seen in the light of attempts by the Japanese to come to terms with their participation in the SWW. However, from what little I know of Admiral Yamamoto it seems to present a plausible account of Japan's reluctant, prescient, warrior.

Unlike Tora Tora Tora! there is relatively little direct action, which is a good thing because the CGI is not entirely successful (the warships and aircraft look fine but the explosions look artificial), and in any case the political and military intrigues, social context and domestic background are much more interesting. It does present a rather flattering and one-sided view of Yamamoto - he always seems to be right in a decent and humane way. However, it is impossible to discern from such a film just how good his naval tactics were and these things are highly complex and still controversial. We get a few insights into his family life but I understand from Wikipedia he was a big patron of geisha (there is no reference to this in the film).

There are some stirring moments of self sacrifice for a Japanese domestic audience but the obvious and powerful message is what a terrible mistake the whole bloody affair was. I found the inevitable end very tense and moving. SPOILER ALERT- if you know nothing about the Admiral! - ironically he met his fate in one of the long range but lightly armoured aircraft that he championed so strongly.

This was an engrossing film that has stuck in my mind and I will probably watch again soon.

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