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Historical - Completed 2007

A true story about Kamikaze pilots from the perspective of a woman who loved them as dearly as if she were their mother.

    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Historical, Drama, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 135 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Taku SHINJO
    • Writer(s)
    • Shintaro ISHIHARA
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/1A6C-32C4-D38F-77F2-0441-T
    • Producer(s)
    • Shintaro ISHIHARA, Shigeyuki ENDO, Masaru TAKAHASHI
    • Synopsis
    • In the autumn of 1944 the Japanese military had collapsed into an overwhelmingly disadvantageous battle-situation in the Pacific War and were compelled to make the bitter decision of obstructing the capture of the Philippines by American troops. Under the proposal of Vice Admiral Takijiro Onishi (Masato Ibu), as a last measure to fight the enemy with insufficient military strength, kamikaze units were formed comprising fighter aircraft loaded with 250 kilogram bombs that would conduct suicidal ramming attacks on enemy ships. Lieutenant Seki (Koji Matoba) led the first of these attacks. However, the American troops forced Manila to surrender and finally began to capture Japan, landing in Okinawa in the spring of 1945. In order to resolutely defend Okinawa to the last, Chiran Airport in Kagoshima prefecture was rapidly converted to an army kamikaze base from which, until the end of the war, 439 young men would depart. Tome Torihama (Keiko Kishi) ran Tomiya, the military designated eatery, and was adored as a mother by the young military aviators. She was unable to deter the young men who would never return home; all she could do was continue to look over them with a loving heart whilst hiding the complex emotions in her soul.
      Second Lieutenant Bando (Yosuke Kubozuka), who in the past has received aviation training in Chiran, visits Tome. It has been determined that he will fly a kamikaze mission, and believing that it would be too painful to inform his family directly, he asks her to inform them later. Unskilled at writing, Tome struggles to ink a letter. Despite being Korean, Kaneyama (Yasuyuki Maekawa) aspires to be a kamikaze, and to express his feelings of gratitude to Tome and others for receiving him without discrimination or prejudice he sings the traditional Korean folk song Ari-Rang. Second Lieutenant Tabata (Michitaka Tsutsui) is reunited with his fiancé Yoshiko (Naho Toda) at the Tomiya eatery, after which he repeatedly departs and returns, unable to complete his missions and drawing criticism from all around. One day, Tabata murmurs to Tome that “Japan will be defeated.” Second Lieutenant Nakanishi (Satoshi Tokushige) calls him a coward and strikes him down. Meanwhile, Nakanishi had become attracted to Kazue (Noriko Nakagoshi), whose life he had saved during an air–raid. “I go to die, above all, to protect the people I love.” All Nakanishi could do is to believe that this was his own mission.
      Finally it is the night before Nakanishi’s mission, and the unit members each solemnly spend the last night of their lives. Kawaai (Tomoya Nakamura) smiles and says to Tome that he will return as a firefly and that he will give the remaining 30 years of his life to her. The next morning Nakanishi’s unit flies off into the heavens. This is this sight that Tome will forever continue to bid farewell to, filled with yearning…