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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 08 Aug 2015 /
||Genre: Drama, History
||Director: Masato Harada,
||Stars: Drama, History
||Synopsis: The War ended on August 15th, 1945. What took place in Japan on the previous night? The unknown destiny of the day is unveiled.
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Viewed at CineMatsuri 2016. Japan's unconditional surrender brought an
end to WWII, but not an end to Japan. Despite the nuclear destruction
of Nagasaki and Hiroshima as well as considerable damage to other major
cities, it's people were not exterminated. But it may have been a close
call! Director Masato Harada's screenplay takes the well-known outcome
of a major historical event and injects the real and starling
possibility that things might have turned out quite differently. It is
based not on speculation, but, apparently, on recent research including
information contained in documents that surfaced relatively recently.
Harada's dynamic depiction of the actions by Japan's governing elite in
the hours before surrender is sobering and, frankly, scary. It is
unclear who has (or might seize) the authority to lead the nation
(authority seems to oscillate between the Emperor, his civilian
ministers, the military departments, and combination thereof) in the
midst of a nascent mutiny by junior military officers with a rallying
cry of: "Japan has 100 million kamikaze fighters." If this do-or-die
hysteria had gained more traction, Japan may have been annihilated
(with it's civilization joining the dinosaurs). Acting (by veteran
actors you may have seen in other recent films) is excellent with just
the right level of melodrama or underplaying of scenes given the
situation. Cinematography (wide screen, color), lighting, effects, set
decoration, editing, and scene continuity are top-of-the-line.
Sound-field creation and recording are state of the art. The
high-energy score (played by a large, symphonic orchestra) exhibits
compositional depth with many themes and variations thereon. Often it
injects major enhancements to the drama depicted on screen. There are
simply too many moving parts portrayed in the movie. It is obvious that
Harada wanted to include most/all of the principals and significant
military units now known to be involved. But this can be pretty
confusing to viewers who are not hard-core history buffs and, hence,
have little (if any) idea of who were key members of Japan's ruling
elite at the time (aside from the Emperor) and how they ran their
government. Role clarifications as to why were certain actions taken
(or not taken) and their significance are especially needed for some of
the Emperor's ministry heads and leaders of various military
departments/units at home and abroad. (Perhaps a brief introductory
overview/road-map before the film gets underway might do the trick?) It
is surprising to see the mode of transportation used by grimly-fanatic
and fully-armed officer-leaders of the mutiny to tool around Tokyo (or
what was left of it) at night---bicycles! A juxtaposition that seems to
be telegraphing the eventual outcome of the mutiny. The on-screen flash
rate of dialog subtitles can be a bit short at times. This is
contemporary Japanese movie making at its finest. Not to be missed.
WILLIAM FLANIGAN, PhD.
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