Tora! Tora! Tora!

1970

Action / Drama / History / War

14
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 27811

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Cast

Jason Robards as General Short
Jamie Farr as Multiple Characters
James Whitmore as Admiral Halsey
Paul Frees as Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 9 / 10

A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

The real story of Pearl Harbor may have begun in 1853 when a squadron of U.S. frigates under Matthew C. Perry forced open the isolationist Tokugawa shogunate that governed Japan to take a reality check and open trade with the outside world. In less than 100 years Japan became an industrial power, every bit as formidable as any western country and was able to attack the country that forced it open.

Our Far eastern foreign policy from then until 1941 was simply trading concessions with both Asian powers, Japan and China. When they became rivals in Asia we and other countries had to choose up sides. Alternately we favored China and Japan, but in 1941 U.S. sympathies in Washington and in public opinion was favoring China.

The island chain of Japan is notoriously lacking in natural resources. Even the United Kingdom which it is often compared to has deposits of coal and iron and that created the British steel industry. Japan has to import and in the age of imperialism, they became every bit as imperialistic as any of our western countries, maybe more so because their need was greater.

Note during the film of Tora Tora Tora it is remarked that the U.S. Fleet in Hawaii was like a dagger pointed at Japan. When the island country of Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States and the Phillipines acquired after the Spanish American War at the end of the 19th century we became rivals in the Pacific to the Japanese. And imagine if the Japanese who were most anxious to annex Hawaii themselves had done so. The dagger would have been at our West Coast. Of course the poor Hawaiians had little to say about any of this.

All that has to be factored into what you are seeing in Tora Tora Tora. That and more is what led up to the events that are meticulously recorded in documentary style. Unlike the later film Midway which spoiled a good account of the battle with a personal story, Tora Tora Tora does not waste any of the viewers time in that regard.

The participants are there in all their flaws. Admiral Husband Kimmel who made the fortunate choice of sending out the aircraft carriers which was an act that may have eventually won the Pacific War for America is played by Martin Balsam. Nevertheless he took the fall for the attack as did Chief of Naval Operations Harold Stark played by Edward Andrews.

One very luckless man was Army commander in Hawaii General Joseph Short played by Jason Robards, Jr. who was in real life in the Navy and at Pearl Harbor. Short made the fatal decision to put all the aircraft at Hickam field in the center of the field because he was afraid of saboteurs. The better to bomb them from the air.

Three members of FDR's cabinet are portrayed, George MacReady as Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Joseph Cotten as Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, and Leon Ames as Frank Knox the Secretary of the Navy. Franklin Roosevelt being the wise leader he was and knowing that our eventual entry demanded bipartisan support chose a pair of Republicans in Stimson and Knox. Would that our current president had that kind of foresight.

George MacReady who usually portrayed polished villains is a good guy here and has one of his best screen moments as the Japanese envoys are ushered into his office AFTER the attack has begun to issue Japanese diplomatic demands.

Tora Tora Tora should be shown in schools as a great piece of well acted documentary film making if that's not a contradiction in terms. It won an Oscar for Special Effects which are out of date compared to the later Pearl Harbor movie, but still done well. Catch it if you can by all means.

Reviewed by hamlet-16 9 / 10

Tors Tora Tora - a masterwork!

More documentary than movie (which explains its failure at the box office in 1970) Tora Tora Tora has grown in stature with time. It was and remains the definitive film telling of the events of the 7th of December 1941.

With time we know more of the background to the US codebreaking efforts but nothing that significantly changes the story.

I was lucky enough to see Tora Tora Tora on its initial release in 70mm and 6 track sound in a true ToddAO curved screen presentation and at a brand new cinema.

It was an overwhelming experience.

The Japanese sequences in particular stand out in my memory.

I remember the scale of the opening sequence as the camera moves restlessly amongst the naval ratings standing stiffly to attention (in thin cotton costumes apparently in freezing weather).

The sheer power of the great Japanese actor Sô Yamamura as Admiral Yamamoto remained in my memory long after the film ended.

The special effects are magnificent and very realistic. Perhaps today's CGI would be fancier but I doubt more effective.

Nothing beats real planes really flying. The dawn takeoff sequence from the Akagi (played valiantly by a US aircraft carrier) is amazing on the big screen.

And the opening of the second half as the Japanese aircraft carriers battle through angry seas was genuinely scary in 70mm!

The film is tense at times nail biting even though we know what will happen and perhaps for the first time the Japanese point of view is presented.

Not a simple film to love... not a lot of emotion on show.. but a brilliant recreation of one of the most important events of the 20th century.

"...No it's Pearl"

Reviewed by Amy Edwards 8 / 10

A true Classic

Tora!Tora!Tora! should be considered as the Holy Bible regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941.

Its main asset is without a doubt its amazing historical accuracy and the very attention to detail. You can feel that a lot of research has been made to make this movie possible.

After watching this movie, everybody will understand how we came to that tragedy in the first place. How our government was aware that something was up but was never able to guess the Japanese true intentions. How the Japanese high command prepared that attack while their diplomatic corps was stalling us in an endless and fruitless negotiation.

I also love this movie for giving some justice to Kimmel and Short who were unfairly used as scapegoats after the attack and shamelessly sent to the shadows afterwards. In this movie, they are depicted as capable and caring commanders deliberately kept in the dark and left to themselves for making decisions based on incomplete information. It left us with the impression that they could have done something to stop the attack if they would have been accurately kept informed by their leadership.

The other point I truly like is they are telling the story from both sides point of view. The Japanese part is as thorough and accurate as the American one. It depicts Yamamoto as a man not willing to go to war with America, a country he knows very well as he was a Harvard student back in the day, but pushed to it by the Army commanders who wanted to control all the Pacific without realizing that a war with the US would mean to defy an industrial great power who has the means to overpower each opponent who dare attacking us.

8/10

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