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.
|Release Date||:||January 26, 1970|
|Genres||:||History, Action, Drama, Adventure, War|
|Production Company||:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
|Production Countries||:||Japan, United States of America|
|Director||:||Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda, Duane Toler|
|Writers||:||Ladislas Farago, Larry Forrester, Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Gordon W. Prange|
|Casts||:||Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Joseph Cotten, Tatsuya Mihashi, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore, Takahiro Tamura, Jason Robards, Wesley Addy, Frank Aletter, Koreya Senda, Leon Ames, Junya Usami, Richard Anderson, Kazuo Kitamura, Susumu Fujita, Edward Andrews, Bontarô Miake, Neville Brand, Richard Erdman, Keith Andes, Eijirô Tôno, Shôgo Shimada, Shunichi Nakamura, Meredith 'Tex' Weatherby, Bruce Wilson, Charles Gilbert, Jerry Cox, Elven Havard, Dick Fair|
|Plot Keywords||:||japan, world war ii, pearl harbor, soldier, imperial japan|
I can review this from a different perspective: my father was a Coast Artillery officer in the U. S. Army stationed at Fort Kamehameha, abutting Hickam Field, when the attack took place. He had his family with him, so my mother, my sister, and I also were involved. I was pre-kindergarten at the time, but have a good memory. Naturally, I've read extensively about the attack since.
Speaking personally, the attack in the film sounded real, though our mother kept me and my sister inside for much of the attack (we had to go outside to get evacuated from our quarters).
But that aside: the film mirrors historic events closely. However, (possibly a minor spoiler or two follow) there were some little points that had been added for the audience's sake.
The MAGIC machine, which was breaking the Japanese PURPLE cipher, did not have to be explained to either officer, but one did, so the audience would get the drift of what was happening. (The actual machine was the greatest cryptological feat of World War II, greater than Enigma, because it was developed from scratch by Frank Rowlett under the direction of William Friedmann.) The film was based in large part from the books of Professor Gordon W. Prenge, an historian who specialized in Pearl Harbor. Prenge interviewed many of the principals in the action, on both sides, and became friends with several.
This is the best film on Pearl Harbor. I got tapes for my mother and sister, both of whom shared my reaction to it.