Otoko-tachi no Yamato (2005)
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Exactly what you would expect from this kind of material: corny, sentimental, melodramatic and nationalistic. One dimensional characters eager to sacrifice themselves for their country in every single sequence.
If Titanic was a battleship, Yamato is how the movie would possible turn out. There is no question as to the success of this film in Japan.
This film takes a page out of Titanic and goes with present day characters, including one unfolding his story as it jumps back to the WWII years. At 2 hours and 20 minutes, the film jumps back and forth between the past (1940s) and the present (2005), with some historical type news scenes to advance the plot months forward at a time. Of course, a bulk of the film is spent in the past to keep the story as least choppy as possible.
It is wishful thinking to think that the entire film is one long war scene. This story does have its share of dramatic parts, but there is some good character development for all the major players. Like any good historical war type film, you do have the emotional parts, which will leave the weak of heart with tears. It is all part of the recipe for the success of this movie.
The action scenes are superb and it leaves you wanting way more of it. The Yamato is done in CG, which leaves shots of the entire battleship down to a rare minimum. This is a shame, since the war shots of it firing its guns at the surrounding aircraft are brilliant. In case you are wondering, the action is bloody, but it isn't anything you haven't seen in any other war movie before.
The acting is well done and recognizable faces portray all the major characters. Takashi Sorimachi, of GTO, and Shido Nakamura, of Fearless, put on the more memorable performances of their careers. Kyoka Suzuki and Aoi Yu show up for the female leads in this film.
Yamato isn't perfect, but people who like WWII historical movies will want to see this at least once.
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