Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora!

The Attack on Pearl Harbor

Video Cassette - 2001
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This classic Pearl Harbor epic, meticulously recreates the stunning attck on American forces by the Japanese.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Home Entertainment, c2001
Branch Call Number: VCR 940.5426 Tora 3558
Characteristics: 1 videocassette (VHS) (145 min.) :,sd., col. ;,1.25 cm., in container

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Andyp301
Dec 05, 2017

I remember first seeing this movie in my preteens ,as a late night TV movie. The carrier scenes got my attention . That the U.S. Carriers narrowly avoided being caught inside the harbor is amazing , and frightening .

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miaone
Oct 25, 2017

I have a real affection for this film, partly because while it was being filmed at Pearl Harbor, my students and I, at the old Waipahu High School, were in class underneath some of the low-flying planes. Sometimes we would inadvertently duck as they flew what seemed just a few feet over our classroom which was located on the banks of an old, unused part of Pearl Harbor. It was the school year 1968-69, and I was in my first year of teaching high school French on Oahu. Sometimes, to entertain my students, I'd go to the window and yell at the planes in French. Ah, fond memories.

I also like this film because of its attempt to be even-handed and historically accurate. It does not throw in an irrelevant, romantic triangle or lots of historical errors, as does the movie "Pearl Harbor" in 2000.

So often in Hollywood films about WWII, the Japanese pilots and officers are portrayed as insanely ferocious. I think the truth was colder than that: this attack is the kind of thing that can happen when a reactionary military takes over a civilian government.

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Dave99_0
Jun 30, 2017

This film plods. One hour and 25. minutes pass before the Japanese navy launch their bombers and fighters to attack Pearl Harbor. The battle scenes are spectacular. IMHO, I would rate "Tora! Tora! Tora!" at 3.0 stars.

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akirakato
Jan 09, 2017

This is a 1970 Japanese-American historical docudrama directed by Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda (舛田利雄) and Kinji Fukasaku (深作欣二).
The title (Tora! Tora! Tora!) is the Japanese codeword used to indicate that complete surprise had been achieved.
Tora (虎) literally means "tiger", but in this case was an acronym for TOtsugeki RAigeki (突撃雷撃 or "lightning attack").
The Japanese side was initially to be directed by Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明), who worked on script development and pre-production for two years.
But after two weeks of shooting, he was replaced by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku.
Richard Fleischer said that Kurosawa was miscast for this film, this was not his type of film to make, he never made anything like it and that it just wasn't his style.
Besides, Kurosawa always had complete autonomy, and nobody would dare make a suggestion to Kurosawa about the budget, or shooting schedule, or anything for that matter.
Despite the human problems, however, the film turns out one of the most fascinating and vivid action movies.

AladarNyc Oct 06, 2015

This an accurate and well filmed account of that fateful day in Pearl Harbor. Good additional Bonus Features too.

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hendrikhols
Dec 19, 2011

a very good production for its time, and the historical accuracy is good...if you like history you'll probably like this.

aaa5756 May 03, 2011

B+ DVD

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