The Imperial Navy (1981)

The Imperial Navy (1981)

Released: 1981
Genre: Drama, Genre, War
Director: Shûe Matsubayashi
Starring: Akihiko Hirata, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Susumu Fujita, ,
Run time: 145 min
IMDb: 6.9/10
Country: Japan
Views: 98653


A lavish retelling of the true story of the final voyage and ultimate destruction and sinking of the battleship Yamato, Japan’s greatest flagship during the Second World War.
Written by
Guy Mariner Tucker
User Reviews: This was on TV one night after I checked into my hotel in Tokyo for a business trip. I started watching about half way through to the end. No subtitles, but it didn’t really need any. The expressiveness of the actors’ faces and voices gave you a good idea of what they were saying. The action and photography were first rate. Most of the scenes are below deck, but the scenes of the air attacks are well done.

I would compare it to "Das Boot" or "Stalingrad" as far as realism and getting an idea of how the crew actually felt given their circumstance. Not an apology or revisionist history, just lots of great action telling the story of a crew trying to save their ship.

Overall, this was superior to "Yamato", which came out 20 years later.

Now if I could only find a copy on DVD!

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