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Tora! Tora! Tora! (DVD)

Starring: Martin Balsam, S Yamamura

Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Richard Fleischer

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Tora! Tora! Tora! (VHS)

Starring: Martin Balsam, S Yamamura

Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Richard Fleischer

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The attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday December 7, 1941 was one of the most signifcant events of the 20th century. It secured US entry into World War II which in turn helped in the victory in Europe over Nazi Germany.

A key feature of this movie is that it was a joint American-Japanese production and hence gives both perspectives and a balanced picture of the story. It is both a historically accurate account of the events but also a gripping and watchable film.

The first half of the movie maps out the events leading up to the attack, the question of why it happened is an important point for any event in history but particularly in this case.

The movie's second half is a stunning recreation of the devastating battle. Considering when it was filmed the effects of the battle compare favourably with those of the far more recent Pearl Harbor directed by Michael Bay.

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