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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie Ever Made About Pearl Harbor June 7 2004
Tora! Tora! Tora! is the single best movie ever made about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It features excellent performances from such actors as James Whitmore, E.G. Marshall, Jason Robards and Martin Balsam. The special effects are far more convincing than what's in modern movies. It also has some of the best movie music of all time. Best of all, the movie shows the sheer complacency on the U.S. side that enabled the Japanese to successfully mount the surprise attack.
Tora! Tora! Tora! is far superior to any other movie ever made about Pearl Harbor. In fact, it is one of the absolute best movies ever made about World War II. It is a classic motion picture in its own right.
On a scale of 1 to 5, it really merits a 10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great WWII Movies March 26 2004
Based on research of Gordon Prange, author of "At Dawn We Slept", Tora! Tora! Tora! is a very accurate portrayal of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
There have been several treatments of the famous battle (as one-sided as it was), including the recent (and crummy) "Pearl Harbor" (2001). This is the best.
As other reviews have pointed out, the attack was an extremely successful one for the Japanese from a military standpoint. By 1941, the only check on Japanese expansion in the Pacific was the United States Navy. Yamamoto's plan was bold and creative, but it depended a lot upon luck, as the film and the book point out. The United States had installed a radar facility that operated part-time, and did detect the first wave of incoming Japanese planes. The US was more concerned with sabotoge, and parked their planes closely together. The Japanese mini-submarine that was detected and sunk off Pearl Harbor should have raised alarms, but didn't.
It all points to a fundamental principal of war. Everyone got complacent. We thought Pearl was too far from Japan to attract an attack of that magnitude. We thought we would see the fleet or at least the Japanese planes long before they would present a threat. Our technology (radar) provided an extra safeguard, but wasn't properly used. Our cracking of the Japanese diplomatic code provided an extra sense that we would know of an attack prior to it happening.
I've read the transcript of the congressional inquiry into the attack that was undertaken in the late 1940s. It is fascinating. They point out one of the reasons we were complacent. There had been 'war warnings' sent out several times in late fall 1941, warning of an imminent Japanese attack somewhere in the Pacific. Nothing happened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Confirmation? There's your confirmation!" Jan. 12 2004
I first saw Tora! Tora! Tora! (Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! in Japanese) in 1974, when I was 20 years old on Atlanta's Channel Two. As strange as this may sound, I have always liked movies about World War II. My stepfather had served in the Navy during the war and in fact he had joined the service shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which is the subject of this 2 hour and 25 minute-long Japanese-American 1970 production.
This movie was directed by several directors including Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasuka, but the American version (yes, there is a Japanese version) gives the credit to veteran director Richard Fleischer. Based on Gordon W. Prange's "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and Ladislas Farago's "The Broken Seal", the film accurately depicts the events on both sides of the Pacific leading up to the stunning attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet on Sunday, December 7, 1941.
Even though it covers an 18-month period between Admiral Yamamoto's (Soh Yamamura) initial planning for Operation Hawaii and the attack itself, Tora! Tora! Tora! (the title refers to the code used to inform the Japanese that the Americans had been caught by surprise) never drags or seems dull. I learned, for instance, that Japanese Ambassador Nomura was a skilled and honorable diplomat who did not know what his country's military leaders were planning, and that he hoped to avoid war. I was also stunned by how General Walter C. Short (Jason Robards) was so preoccupied by the threat of sabotage from Hawaii's 125,000 Japanese inhabitants that he foolishly parked all the bombers and fighters in Hickam and Wheeler Fields in neat rows, supposedly to make them easier to guard but actually making them sitting ducks.
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There are not many movies that portray the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as anything but what it was--a carefully planned massive assault on a totally unprepared United States naval base. TORA TORA TORA is not Hollywood's typical war movie that places character exposition at the forefront. Here directors Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku for the Japanese and Richard Fleischer for the United States detail a film that is more documentary than character driven. Yet, despite this sense of hidden-camera reality that focuses on all ranks from admiral to seaman, the actors succeed in infusing the film with a feeling that on both sides there were no heroes or villans. In fact, if there is any villainy, it is not the attacking Japanese who must wear the mantle of evil but rather the slipshod arrogance of those who were entrusted to defend Pearl Harbor against just the kind of annihilation that struck on that Sunday morning in December, 1941. The Japanese side is told primarily through the perspective of Admiral Yamamoto (So Yamamura), who was in overall command of the attack fleet, and Lt. Commander Fuchida (Takahiro Tamura), who was one of the Zero pilots on the first attack wave. Yamamoto is a cautious commander, one who has no political agenda, but is determined to carry out his objective exactly even if it means not taking advantage of unexpected opportunities to wreak further destruction on American ships. He will preserve his fleet above all else. Fuchida has a much more narrow view; when he sees that a second attack wave is needed to finish the job, he is appalled that Yamamoto has instead ordered the fleet to return to Japan. Neither of them is presented as the stereotyped buck-toothed sabre-rattling Jap so often presented in a previous generation's war movie. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the remake in the 2k's
-Nice historical war movie form the 70's.
-A lot of little details.
-Japanese speak the right language.
-A must to have in a pacific war movie collection.
Published 17 days ago by Sebz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent film
Published 2 months ago by Roméo
4.0 out of 5 stars Balanced approach to Pearl Harbour
It's good to see a movie that tells both sides of a war drama. It points out that some of the blame for the surprise resulted from U.S. bureaucratic bungling. Read more
Published 3 months ago by George D. Oyagi
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this old movie that still grabs your attention , a real classic especially if your into the real war stories
Published 5 months ago by Barb McNamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
One of THE BEST war movies, cinematography, script, acting and vintage war planes ( in particular the "Zeroes" )! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Greg B.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Oldy but a Goody
It takes a while to get going but it is a really long film....be prepared to sit lots or watch it in several shifts..... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie! It has an all star cast, lots of action (being a war movie) and there is never a dull moment. Nice to see without being edited for TV.
Published 10 months ago by Diane Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Tora Tora Tora
Tora, Tora, Tora
This is an exceptional movie filled with action, excellent acting and incredible photography. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Leonard Tedds
5.0 out of 5 stars One more for your collection
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Rarely have I seen such quality in the digital transfer of a film of this era (1970). Even if the script does not rely on the spectacular reconstruction of the Japanese... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MR_Cinema
4.0 out of 5 stars WW2 Movies
This movie gives some ideas of the things that percpitated the USA entering into WW2 as it hit them in thei own backyard
Published 16 months ago by Clarence Huibers
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