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Yamato (2005)


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Synopsis : During Late World War II, the Japanese Army starts losing in the battle. Special junior officers including Kamio(Kenichi Matsuyama) board Yamato and meet the officer Moriwaki (Takashi Sorimachi) and Uchida (Shidou Nakamura). However, this battle marks the virtual end of the Combined Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Then in April 1945, Yamato is ordered to carry out a suicide mission and sets out to the waters of Okinawa.... Language : Japanese / Cantonese Subtitle : Chinese / English Video Format : NTSC Model : DVD9 Discs : 1

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  • Actors: Shido Nakamura, Kyoka Suzuki, Tetsuya Watari, Tatsuya Nakadai Takashi Sorimachi
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZLUWAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Everything else is a missed chance.
Alien
Pretty interesting Story; And, A Very Heartfelt Ending; The Music During The Closing Credits Made The Film A Tribute To Those Who Didn't Come Back.
K-Man
It's nice to see the "human side" of the opposing Japanese forces in World War II.
Grrrr

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Sake Drinker on February 21, 2008
I feel like I saw a different movie than some of the reviewers here. I suppose there was a lot more that could have been done in this movie, but what I saw was a film about the crew of Yamato, how they lived and died in their final days. In this regard, I thought the movie did a fine job.

If I had to compare movies, I would choose Black Hawk Down. Geopolitical issues nothwithstanding, the movie was about the sailors. How they fought and died together as brothers.

I'm a simple man, and I cried watching Yamato. I saw the film at a festival and the packed crowd of fairly sophisticated movie goers barely had a dry eye in the theater. The festival was in Hawaii, and the crowd was made up of various ethnicities, so I don't think race was even a factor in how people reacted to the movie.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Lord Oklaw on November 26, 2007
This DVD recounts the story of enlisted crewmen aboard the ill fated IJN Yamato, the largest battleship in history. The DVD is in Japanese, with English subtitles. When ordering, make sure that you order the version that is good for all regions, otherwise it will not play in American DVD players. Region 2 and Region 3 are no good for American DVD players. The Japanese title is Otoko Tachi No Yamato and is from 2005. I bought it from the seller nanakiwi on Amazon.com. This is a good quality DVD, with a clear picture and good sound. The bonus features are rather skimpy, and are text only.

There is combat in this story, but it is mainly a story of how men deal with a losing war and imminent death. Secondly, it gives a good recreation of the rather intense and physical discpline that was inherent in the Japanese navy in World War II.

This film is pretty accurate from a military perspective, as the Japanese film makers have gone to great pains to recreate authenticity, even down to how the food was cooked!

The story is told in flashback, as the adopted daughter of one of the few survivors wants to visit the wreck site of Yamato on the 60th anniversary of its sinking. Later we learn that she scatters his ashes over the site where Yamato was sunk. The man who drives her there in a small boat is also one of the few survivors of the ship. During the voyage we learn more about this man and in the end he finally comes to grips with his life and his role aboard the IJN Yamato.

This is definately not a "rah rah" pro-nationalist type movie, but a moving human drama about the waste of war, and the people who are devestated by it. The soundtrack is excellent and the acting is first rate.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stout on July 18, 2010
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First, I lived in Japan for six years, was in the U.S. Navy, toured the Battleship Mikasa and two U.S. Battleships, and read Admiral Yamamato's biography.
I ordered this DVD with the PBS Nova DVD, "Sinking the Supership", which re-uses some of the footage from this film. I'd also read the Wikipedia entry on the Yamato a few times.
With that background and a little knowledge of Japanese, I was able to watch this movie; I thought the CGI was cheap; the whole ships shakes when a small shell hits, but the ship doesn't roll in the sea, or even list when the ship makes a fast turn.
The star of the show, at least for me, was the English subtitles: "By 1941, Japan controlled Hong Kong, Singapore, Formosa and the Filipino." About every two minutes, the words on the screen are the opposite of what's going on in the movie. I wondered if they'd sail to Okinawa by way of Denver.
The character "Uchida" (right-hand face on the cover displayed here) looks like a Japanese double for Sean Penn. When he barks one-syllable orders in combat, he sounds like Sean Penn, too!

If you liked the movie "Pearl Harbor", this is for you. If you preferred "Tora, Tora, Tora!", I'd suggest the Nova DVD "Sinking the Supership".
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79 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Alien on December 31, 2007
I am sure the film's two five star reviewers will quickly launch with a confused attack playing the race/culture card as they have on the other reviewer here who seemed to like this film far more than most Japanese did. They would be wrong to do so or to make any assumptions about 'not understanding Japanese culture' since they do not understand modern Japanese culture in their reviews.

This is a film that caused a great deal of anger in Japan. Not just because of the way it rewrites history that so angered the Chinese. The Yamato is for many in Japan the great "acceptable" tragedy of the war (Hiroshima and Nagasaki still carry a stigma to this day). Many Japanese think of it in the same way many Americans think of 9/11 as a moment that changed the way they saw the world. It was the moment the war was publicly lost even if the fighting was to go on. It was the moment the people realised they were expected to die with no hope of victory. Nothing would ever be the same. The survivors stories of the sinking of the ship are heartrending and known to everyone in Japan. This film does not do them justice. It turns a hugely important moment in Japan's history into an imitation American-style war movie. Not even a good war movie. Only two scenes show that this could have been the film the crew of the Yamato deserved. One is when the ship sets out on its final mission and the crew are given lessons in how to die with honour and to let go of their pain and sorrow. The other is when the men realise that their commanders at home who expect them to die will not die themselves. Everything else is a missed chance. Everything else is pure Hollywood. What the Yamato meant and what the Japanese people learned from its destruction are ignored for more cliches, each cliche taking the place of a real tragedy. I expect at least two "not helpful" votes for this review but that does not change the low quality of this film.
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