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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)



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This 25-million dollar epic collaboration accurately recreates the events that led to the Japanese attack on the American naval base during World War II. With Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, the wheels are set in motion by Japan to plan the attack. After internal differences in the government, the Japanese quickly mobilize plans for the assault. Key American personnel ignored warnings of the possibility of Japanese aggression. The first part of the film divides scenes from both countries. Part two contains spectacular battle scenes of the bombing that destroyed the American naval base of operations in Hawaii. Governmental errors on both sides add to the confusion, but the Japanese ultimately carry out the deadly mission. The film did well in Japan, did not do well in the he United States, and took years to make back the production costs. It remains an insightful and well crafted World War II action drama that was the result of years of negotiations between the two countries. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Larry Forrester, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima
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On DVD: Nov 2, 1999
20th Century Fox Film Corporat


Martin Balsam
as Adm. Husband E. Kimm...
Jason Robards
as Lt. Gen. Walter C. S...
Joseph Cotten
as Secretary of War Hen...
E.G. Marshall
as Lt. Col. Rufus S. Br...
S˘ Yamamura
as Adm. Yamamoto
Tatsuya Mihashi
as Cmdr. Genda
Takahiro Tamura
as Lt. Cmdr. Fuchida
James Whitmore
as Adm. Halsey
Eijir˘ Tono
as Adm. Nagumo
Wesley Addy
as Lt. Cmdr. Kramer
Sh˘go Shimada
as Ambassador Nomura
Frank Aletter
as Lt. Cmdr. Thomas
Koreya Senda
as Prince Konoye
Leon Ames
as Frank Knox
Junya Usami
as Adm. Yoshida
Richard Anderson
as Capt. Earle
Kazuo Kitamura
as Foreign Minister Mat...
Keith Andes
as Gen. Marshall
Edward Andrews
as Adm. Stark
Neville Brand
as Lt. Kaminsky
Leora Dana
as Mrs. Kramer
Asao Uchida
as Gen. Tojo
George Macready
as Cordell Hull
Norman Alden
as Maj. Landon
Walter Brooke
as Capt. Wilkinson
Rick Cooper
as Lt. Welch
Elven Havard
as Doris Miller
June Dayton
as Miss Ray Cave
Jeff Donnell
as Cornelia
Richard Erdman
as Col. French
Jerry Fogel
as Lt. Cmdr. Outerbridg...
Shunichi Nakamura
as Kameto Kirojima
Carl Reindel
as Lt. Taylor
Edmon Ryan
as Rear Adm. Bellinger
Hisao Toake
as Saburo Kurusu
G.D. Spradlin
as Cmdr. Maurice E. Cur...
Susumu Fujita
as Rear Adm. Tamon Yama...
Bontar˘ Miyake
as Adm. Koshiro Oikawa
Ichiro Reuzaki
as Rear Adm. Ryunosuke ...
Kazuko Ichikawa
as Geisha in Kagoshima
Karl Lukas
as Capt. Harold C. Trai...
Ron Masak
as Lt. Laurence Ruff
Kan Nihonyanagi
as Rear Adm. Chuichi Ha...
Toshio Hosokawa
as Lt. Cmdr. Shigeharu ...
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Critic Reviews for Tora! Tora! Tora!

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

Both overall director Richard Fleischer and his Japanese counterparts do a dull job, and the monotonously low-key tone of scene after scene almost suggests that each was filmed without a sense of ultimate slotting in the finished form.

Full Review… | July 8, 2008
Top Critic

The climax, in particular, manages to be more than just a shoot-out, with Fleischer's intelligent direction generating a real feeling of chaos and apocalypse.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As history, it seems a fairly accurate account of what happened, although it never much bothers its head about why. As film art, it is nothing less than a $25-million irrelevancy.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Tora! Tora! Tora! is one of the deadest, dullest blockbusters ever made.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's rare for a feature film to attain the trifecta of entertaining, informing, and educating.

Full Review… | February 24, 2002
Top Critic

Directors Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda have infused Tora! Tora! Tora! with an excessively dry and deliberate pace that results in an almost interminable first hour...

Full Review… | July 28, 2015
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Tora! Tora! Tora! is a flawless dramatization of the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7th, 1941. One thing I admire about this film that it shows both sides of the story. The film goes into detail on the planning of the attacks, and we get to see a more in depth reason as to why the Japanese carried out the attacks of December 7th 1941. Tora! Tora! Tora! is an incredible film, a well accomplished war film. Critics as usual were wrong in giving this film negative reviews because this film is brilliant. If you know your history,
you'll realize that Tora! Tora Tora! is a well researched and authentic piece of cinema. The films aerial sequences are obviously the highlight of the film, and they are simply stunning to watch. The acting is superb and the pacing of the story is well established throughout the film. The first hour of the film surrounds the planning of the attack itself, and the second hour is focused on the attack. The film shows how the American weren't ready, and how they ignored multiple warnings of a Japanese imminent threat. Tora! Tora! Tora! is an authentic war film with minor flaws that will appeal to every War or history buff. This is a superb film that shouldn't be passed up by fans of war films. A superior piece of cinema thats very authentic to the actual events, Tora! Tora! Tora! remains the best film on that dramatizes the faithful attacks on December 7th, 1941. If you want the definitive film that dramatizes the attacks on Pearl Harbor, then give Tora! Tora! Tora! a view. The film is far superior to Michael Bay's train wreck, Pearl Harbor.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


In absolutely every respect this movie is far superior to Pearl Harbor of a few years ago. Rather than using the pending Japanese attack as the backdrop for a fictional romance, "Tora Tora Tora" faithfully recounts the events leading up to December 7, 1941, and then offers a chilling portrayal of the attack itself. In spite of being over 30 years old, the effects used during the attack scenes are excellent, and create the feeling that one is right there as they happen. The performances are solid although unspectacular, which seems appropriate. Clearly the desire of Directors Richard Fleischer and Kinji Fukasaku was to let the events speak for themselves, and in this they succeeded.

The movie is told from both the Japanese and American points of view, and one of the better aspects of it was that the scenes on board the Japanese fleet were shot using the Japanese language, rather than having the Japanese speaking English with Japanese accents. I felt that this added to the authenticity of the movie. The confusion, miscommunication and poor preparedness of the U.S. is truthfully recounted, as is the division between the military and political machinery over various issues: the choice of Pearl Harbor as the base for the Pacific Fleet, and the decision to transfer navy resources from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

I rather thought the special effects were brilliant just think back then there was no CGI every thing had to be done by hand. Even today it still looks 100% convincing. The acting from both sides of the war Japanese and American I thought was very good. But some scenes in the movie do drag on a bit.

We spent an inordinate amount of time watching Japanese Zeros taking off from the deck of a Japanese carrier and it's somewhat difficult to establish the timeline of the movie, particularly in the first hour or so, but overall this must surely be the definitive movie version of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Everyone interested in the "day that will live in infamy" should watch this.

Keikos score 91-100

Keiko A. --Samurai--
Keiko Aya

Super Reviewer


Tora! Tora! Tora! is a thrilling war epic that delves into one of the seminal events in American history. Beginning with the summer of 1941, the film follows the events in the U.S. and Japanese militaries as the two countries head down a path toward war, culminating in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The filmmakers take a largely dispassionate view, showing both sides as professional soldiers committed to their duty (leaving politics out of it). However, this results in a rather thin narrative that has too many characters. Still, the action scenes are well-done, creating an intense and riveting depiction of the attack. An ambitious historical drama, Tora! Tora! Tora! delivers a comprehensive look at the build-up to America's entry into World War II.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Tora! Tora! Tora! Quotes

Adm. Yamamoto: I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
– Submitted by russell b (5 months ago)
Lt. Col. Rufus S. Bratton: We're gonna be attacked on Sunday, the 30th of November.
– Submitted by russell b (5 months ago)
Gen. Hideki Tojo: Me kill yankees.
– Submitted by Jesse K (3 years ago)

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