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Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970

A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen...

Release Date:
September 23, 1970
144 min
Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda ...
G.D. Spradlin, Berry Kroeger, Jason Robards, ...
Drama, History, Action, ...
USA, Japan
English, Japanese

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Solar rating: 9.3


Imdb rating: 7.5



I do not like war but these are 2 great movies. "Midway" is one of the best movies in the history of cinema. A masterpiece and a classic.
a great movie the story about the events leading yp to the bombing of pearl harbor
Meticulously detailed, wonderfully produced and it boasts a terrific cast. It is a bit long, but it never bored me and I always found it interesting. Excellent cinematography. The editing is exceptional. Very professionally made.
I mostly wanted to see this because I enjoy war films, and I heard that Kurosawa was first commissioned to write the film but was fired because he didn't work as quickly as Hollywood would've liked, also his budget estimate was 25 million, around twice what the studio wanted to spend (ironically, it is reported that in total they spent 26 million without Kurosawa). I was hoping I may still see his fingerprints on it, but it is completely 1970 Hollywood. It is only good as an educational tool, and the characters are only good for vessels of facts. Acting is poor, but the special effects are pretty great. It is better than Pearl Harbor, but again, only watch it if you are interested in the facts surrounding the bombing of Pearl Harbor from both American, and Japanese perspectives. It is pretty emotionally hollow.
Way better than anything Michael Bay have done.
My 11th grade history teacher told me about this film, but I never got around to seeing it until it came on cable a few months ago. Even though there's something to be said; and some credit to be given to keeping a historical event historically accurate.... It doesn't always translate to an entertaining motion picture.
Now; the best portions of this movie take place during the first hour or so when tensions between the U.S. and Japan are tense; but diplomatic relations are still intact. And under this cloud of (talks) you see the Japanease planes taking off, and slowly flying in formation to eventually, (spoiler alert) bomb pearl harbor.
Now; The worst parts of this movie are that it just has too little great moments like that action sequence at pearl harbor (which blows Michael Bay's film to shit, just with that sequence btw) but anyway- to put it simply, it's way too long, and there's just way too much talking and Japanese subtitles to peak anyone's interest beyond the action.
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