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The Last U-Boat (1993)

Das letzte U-Boot (original title)
In 1945 an advanced type of German U-boat loaded with atomic technology en route for Japan and escorted by Japanese naval officers receives news that Germany has capitulated.

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Frank Beyer

Writer:

Knut Boeser
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Ulrich Mühe ... Gerber - Kommandant
Ulrich Tukur ... Röhler - 1. Wachoffizier
Kaoru Kobayashi ... Tatsumi - Fregattenkapitän
Gorô Ôhashi Gorô Ôhashi ... Kimura - Fregattenkapitän
Manfred Zapatka ... Beck - Geschwaderrichter
Matthias Habich ... Mellenberg - General
Udo Samel ... Dr. Falke - Arzt
Sylvester Groth ... Maschke - Funker
Johannes Herrschmann Johannes Herrschmann ... Silowsky - Leitender Ingenieur
Tom Jahn ... Riedel - Koch (as Thomas Jahn)
Bernd-Uwe Reppenhagen Bernd-Uwe Reppenhagen ... Matrose
Pierre Besson Pierre Besson ... Matrose
Nikolaus Gröbe Nikolaus Gröbe ... Matrose
Michael Härle Michael Härle ... Matrose
Sven Lehmann Sven Lehmann ... Matrose
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Near the end of the war a lone U-Boat is sent from Germany to Japan carrying plutonium needed for a Japanese A-Bomb. During the long sail, the officers hear from the radio that Germany had lost the war and Hitler had killed himself. The crew split between the Nazi Party members who wish to continue to Japan and those who wish to surrender. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

2 January 1993 (Japan) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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At the beginning of the movie, one of the German officers explains the abilities of the sub: it can stay submerged for a very long time. As long as it's submerged, detection of the sub is difficult. So why do they stay on the surface almost all the time? The submarines of this eras ability to stay under water for longer periods of time was very limited compared to what it is today. The subs would stay on the surface while cruising unless they detected other vessels in the vicinity where after they would submerge the sub. See more »

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Could have been much better
15 June 2007 | by sonnyschlaegelSee all my reviews

The story is obviously based on a historic event: the voyage of the submarine U-234, which was bound for Japan. It had weapons, detail drawings for weapons, and uranium aboard. The uranium was meant to help Japan build an atomic bomb. The sub started in April 1945. When Germany capitulated in May, they had to decide whether they would go on to Japan (who hadn't capitulated yet) or surrender...

The movie isn't absolutely accurate historically, but that's not a big problem in my opinion. The makers don't pretend to be accurate; the sub in the movie isn't called U-234. The plot is the big problem. There are a number of small inconsistencies, for example when there's a leak, one of the two Japanese officers aboard seems to know how to repair the (German) sub better than the Germans themselves. I think I could live with these small inconsistencies, but there's also one plot hole that is deeper than the Mariana Trench (I've also sent this as an update to IMDb's 'goofs' section for this title; hope they'll accept it): At the beginning of the movie, one of the German officers explains the abilities of the sub: it can stay submerged for a very long time. As long as it's submerged, detection of the sub is difficult. So why do they stay on the surface almost all the time? This makes the captain seem ridiculously stupid. Why doesn't he take advantage of the best feature of the sub? Of course, they are detected by the radar of a British destroyer (but that is not the end of the movie; I won't give away the ending because I don't want to spoil it.)

On the other hand, I liked the part when they have to decide whether they want to go on or surrender. The officers have differing opinions, there are heated discussions, tension builds. And I think the actors did a good job.

But, as I've said before, it could have been a lot better in my opinion, so I have given it only six points. There was a documentary about U-234 on German TV. Its title is 'Kurs Fernost', made by Discovery Channel. I don't know the English title or if it has ever been shown outside of Germany. It's very good and interesting in my opinion. If you are interested in the theme and have the chance to see it, I think you should consider watching it. And if you want to see a really good submarine movie I think I can recommend the mini-series version of 'Das Boot' (it's longer than even the director's cut version).


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