G | | Action, Drama, History
In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preventive strike on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.
The original draft of the combined script contained six hundred fifty-seven pages.
Commander Minoru Genda:
Everything is strangely quiet. The American anti-aircraft batteries haven't fired a shot! And no enemy fighters over the harbor, sir! We've done it! Send the message: "Tora! Tora! Tora!"
Commander Genda's Co-Pilot: And no enemy fighters over the harbor, sir!
Commander Minoru Genda: We've done it! ...
Theodore Wilkinson was a Rear Admiral at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, not a Captain.
The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear on this film.
The Japanese release runs roughly ten minutes longer and contains two sequences not included in other versions: Admiral Yamamoto visiting the Imperial Palace and talking with Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Kido, and a comical scene between two cooks about the carrier Akagi that explains how the International Date Line works. Also, for obvious reasons, the Japanese characters' dialogue is not given on-screen English subtitles.