Hawai · Maree oki kaisen (1942)

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When a boy who is in the navy college returns home for vacation he meets his young cousin who also wants to join in order to become a pilot. However, the younger man's mother is ... See full summary »


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22 July 2018 | Platypuschow
| Hawai · Maree oki kaisen: Fascinating, but for the wrong reasons
The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malay is memorable in the annuls of history for a number of reasons. For a start it cost almost ten times as much to make than other films of it's time, in Japanese cinema this was and still is a big deal.

Second that it's a straight up propaganda film! Released on the one year anniversary of Pearl Harbour it follows a group of soldiers during this time and isn't exactly historically accurate.

Being a propaganda film it feels like a two hour advertisement for the Japanese navy and twists the events in such a way that it shifts the blame and puts Japan is a wondrous righteous light and America/Britain in darkness.

For those reasons this can hardly be looked upon a historical film, it needs to be considered as much fiction than fact and viewed simply as another war movie.

From a neutral perspective it is a competent piece of cinema, though it really badly does drag. It looks incredible considering when it was made and that explains why the footage would later get into the hands of the US who believed it to be actual stock footage of the attack on Pearl Harbour.

Fascinating, but for the wrong reasons.

The Good:

Looks incredible for its time

The Bad:

Painstakingly boring

Character development is pretty weak

Still a propaganda film

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

The film failed in its mission, and I still do not wish to join the Japanese navy!

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3 December 1942



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