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Battle Under Orion (2009)

Manatsu no Orion (original title)
World War II story alternates between the past and present, linked by a fateful song. Japanese sub I-77 battles an American destroyer off the coast of Okinawa. Before heading to war, the ... See full summary »

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Yoshikuni Dôchin
Mutsutoshi Furuhata
Yûta Hiraoka
Yuto Hoshi
Fumio Itô
Masaya Kikawada
Andrew Krakat ...
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Tôru Masuoka
Naoya Matsunaga
Raina Miyoshi
Yurika Nagamori
Kyôsuke Ohta
Tomofumi Okumura
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World War II story alternates between the past and present, linked by a fateful song. Japanese sub I-77 battles an American destroyer off the coast of Okinawa. Before heading to war, the captain received a final present from his lover, the score to a song titled Manatsu no Orion. 64 years later, his granddaughter discovers the score and the significance behind the song. Written by Snelps

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The WWII ship used in the production of this film is the USS SLATER DE 766, which is the last Destroyer Escort afloat in America, which is currently on display on the Hudson River in Albany, New York, USA. The on-ship scenes where filmed on the ship, in Albany, NY. See more »

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Poetic, typical
17 October 2010 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

A schoolgirl and a WWII sub veteran meet to uncover a story of sacrifice, tragedy, and redemption; the vet, now gray, tells about the final mission during the last days of the Pacific war. While the story is, at times, predictable and too metaphorical for its own good, its portrait of undersea strategy makes for fascinating viewing. Unlike most films in this genre, the protagonists wage war to live, not to die. and the ironies of violence and death balance with the all too human need to survive.

The WWII plot is more compelling, but there's a pleasing balance in this drama.


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