Sunday, November 21, 2004
Movie Review -- Tora! Tora! Tora!
Last night ball-and-chain and I saw Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) after duct-taping the kids in bed. (Netflix has improved our marriage in magical ways.) Neither of us had seen it before. It tells the story of the days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor from both the American and Japanese point of view. The introduction states that it is historically accurate.
We both loved it. Despite the fact that we obviously knew how it was going to end, there was still quite a bit of suspense. I also liked that the Japanese characters were shown with some complexity -- some yearned for peace, others for the glory of battle, others for their own career advancement.
A notable quote from one of the Japanese commander, speaking to his men as the final plans were made:
Finally gentlemen, many misinformed Japanese believe that America is a nation divided, isolationist, and that Americans are only interested in enjoying a life of luxury and are spiritually and morally corrupt. But that is a great mistake. If war becomes inevitable, America would be the most formidable foe we have ever fought.I hope that still can be said of us.
When will Hollywood make us another war movie?