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Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet (2011)

Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku (original title)
The life of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto from the early 1930's to his death at the hands of the US military in 1943.


Izuru Narushima


Yasuo Hasegawa (screenplay), Kenzaburô Iida (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Kôji Yakusho ... Isoroku Yamamoto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Abe ... Yamaguchi tamon
Shûichi Azumaya Shûichi Azumaya ... Yoshimasa Yamamoto
Mitsugorô Bandô Mitsugorô Bandô ... Hori
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Yoneuchi
Yoshihiko Hakamada
Mieko Harada ... Yamamoto's wife
Masatô Ibu Masatô Ibu ... Nagano
Shunji Igarashi Shunji Igarashi
Yûsuke Iizuka Yûsuke Iizuka
Jun Itô Jun Itô
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Munakata Keikiyoshi
Hiroki Kobari Hiroki Kobari ... soldier (as Abareru Kun)
Takurô Kodama Takurô Kodama
Tôru Masuoka Tôru Masuoka


The life of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto from the early 1930's to his death at the hands of the US military in 1943.

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23 December 2011 (Japan) See more »

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The film shows Yamamoto dying in a 'plane crash. In reality, he was killed by fighter bullets before the plane crashed. See more »

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Somewhat Vapid Treatment of WWII Imperial Japanese
11 May 2017 | by egb-07676See all my reviews

A somewhat interesting film about the legendary World War II commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy. However, there was a lingering aftertaste of imperialist nostalgia and aspirations in the film. Big budget drama with lots of court intrigues & a bit of decent CGI of aerial battles between Zeros and Mustangs, Pearl Harbor, etc. Not poorly-made but presents a sanitized, sentimental depiction of Japanese naval brass -- their 'patriotism' and professionalism are depicted as far distinct from the ideological fanatics in I.J. Army. The film tries hard to seem anti-war with captains & officers reminiscing about eggplant rice-pot and sweet dumplings, dreaming of civilian life when they picked on smaller nations & weren't fighting the epic battles vs. the US. However, criticism of the war is somewhat restricted to the detached domestic pro-war mood, the "Bushido dishonor" of the Pearl Harbor ambush and the indiscreet alliance with Germany, no mention can be found of violence vs. civilian victims of Japanese imperialism in Asia. This is a huge sin of omission when honest students of history acknowledge an estimated 10+ million civilian lives claimed by IJA/IJN war crimes, including genocide, in pursuit of expansionist attempts to conquer the region. Lesson learned is that the Japanese fought gloriously for their nation even when this demanded loyalty to the militarist cause. This seems insidious as modern Japan under Nippon Kaigi nationalist leadership shifts toward revanchism and historical revisionism while the executive considers making the maintenance of an air force, navy, and standing army "constitutional" through the junking of Constitution Article 9.

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