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Tora! Tora! Tora!
The incredible attack on Pearl Harbor.
In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, covers the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which plunged America into the Second World War.
Spectacular aerial footage (featuring a massive amount of planes) and picturesque backgrounds combine for breathtaking cinematography, and contains enough perfectly symmetrical establishing shots utilizing futura font titles to make a strong plagiarism case against Wes Anderson.
Attempts to take a balanced view of the events around Pearl Harbor while remaining incredibly visually stimulating.
Tora! Tora! Tora!, it is claimed, is very much a fact based account of the attack on Pearl Harbour as well as the preceding weeks. I certainly wish I were more studied in the area to determine the truth of that claim, or to the very least I wish I could identify the fictionalized aspects of the film.
Tora! Tora! Tora! starts out a little slow only because it is introducing all of the players and relevant policies of the day. Once I understood that I could not possibly be required to remember everyone's name, I began to get into the film a little more. This is not a criticism, for history buffs will appreciate knowing who is who. It…
Tora! Tora! Tora!
A film so important, so powerful, so explosive that it requires three exclamation marks!!!
I remember the incredible advertising blitz around Tora! Tora! Tora! when I was a kid. It looked big. Epic big. I was a bit too young to see it theatrically. Throughout the years I always managed to miss it on TV.
As the 70’s style opening credits rolled, I was rather cynical that the ‘true, accurate account of events’ were to be, in fact, true and accurate. I was just hoping that this wasn’t going to be over the top propaganda. Then I noticed that both the American and Japanese stars seemed to be getting equal billing, and that the Japanese segment had…
The first half of Tora! Tora! Tora! is not a movie. It's a history lesson. We are bombarded with a dizzying amount of characters and dozens of scenes depicting the thrilling, electrifying, and incredibly exciting action of reading and sending documents.
Okay, I'm sorry, but staying true to historical fact does not a good movie make. The first half of this film is very, vey boring. It is nothing more than military officials pondering to each other for an hour and a half. I wouldn't mind if it didn't feel like an endurance test. The dialogue's just not absorbing. Yes, the acting's good and it's interesting to see how things worked in the military, but it just feels like a…
I think the easiest way to break this film down is to first differentiate the two sides shown. Tora Tora Tora presents not only the American side of the attack on Pearl Harbor but also the Japanese side, and in doing so actually split the production the same way. This meant that the Japanese sequences had their own separate director and screenplay from the American side. This caused a huge contrast in how both sides and the movie are presented.
The biggest difference I see between the Japanese segments and the American ones was simply that the Japanese actually seemed to have something resembling characters with emotion. You get to see the Japanese come the the creation of the attack…
Tora! is certainly one of the better WWII capers, and honourably tries to juggle two different perspectives with compassion and understanding. It is aided by a decent cast of American and Japanese actors, who lift the multi-strand material to greater heights.
I will admit thought that I found the first half or so of the film to be more intriguing. Once the attack started, I started to nod off. It looks glorious for its time, I imagine the Pearl Harbor attack for its time looked awe inspiring here. But personally I found the investigative approach of the first half of the film far more stimulating (maybe because I have a background in that line of work).
The film should also…
Worst surprise party ever.
I always wanted to see this movie, and I'm glad I finally did. Its a lot different than I expected. I was expecting more of a war film. I didn't expect a sort of docudrama. I don't know a lot about what happened in Pearl Harbor, since you pretty much never get to WW2 in school. Its interesting to know that the US kind of, sort of, not really, knew an attack was gonna happen.
I had always wanted to see this to compare it to Pearl Harbor. Basically, the same movie minus the romance angle, the CGI and the crappy acting of Ben Affleck. Actually, woman are very rare in this film come to think of it.
The first half is all build up. We see why the Japanese felt the need to attack the USA, as well as how they trained to do it.
Then we see how arrogant the USA was, how the brass at the top ignored the signs and didn't plan to take steps just in case. How one General wanted the planes grouped together, basically making for a super easy target. I was quite appalled how ill prepared they…
An EPIC slice of cinematic wonder. The scope of this film always amazes me considering it was shot in the late 60's with all practical effects.
A movie I saw a lot in my youth and have always had affection for. The attack scenes still hold up, there's no silly, unnecessary back stories or romances, intelligent casting of familiar-yet-not-huge stars, and fairly seamless meshing of the American- and Japanese-directed sequences. Akira Kurosawa was the original director on the Japanese side, but he evidently couldn't handle the strictures of working under the thumb of the Zanucks. 8/10
Still much better than Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbour".
Despite an unfocused screenplay filled with underdeveloped characters,Tora! Tora! Tora!'s beautiful cinematography, magnificent score, strong performances, and mostly unbiased view of war make it a stunning recreation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Recommended.
3 out of 5 (B-)
Spoiler alert:The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.
If you didn't know this already you must not get out much, but what you might not know is the background information/events that lead up to the attack. This film depicts the events leading up to the attack for both US and Japanese sides as well as the attack. There are no cg effects, which I thought adds to realism. Overall a must watch!
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