By Junya SATO

TOEI COMPANY, LTD. - as SALES All rights, World

Action/Adventure - Completed 2005

In April of 1945, the world's largest and strongest battleship set off its suicide mission to Okinawa, with 3,333 men aboard.

    • Year of production
    • 2005
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 25 - 50 M$
    • Duration
    • 143 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Junya SATO
    • Producer(s)
    • Haruki KADOKAWA
    • Synopsis
    • In April 2005, Kamio, and old fisherman, responding to the pleas of a woman who identifies herself as Makiko Uchida, sets out on his boat to where the battleship Yamato was sunk.

      As Kamio fixes his gaze straight out into the open water, the memories from 60 years ago revive most vividly and earnestly in his mind…

      On December 8, 1941, the Pacific War started with the Japanese Army’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, but Japan starts losing its ground after a major defeat against the US Army at the Battle of Midway.

      The Japanese Army starts losing its grip after a series of events such as the death in action of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander of the Japanese Combined Fleet, and the defeats of the garrison forces in the Pacific islands.

      In the spring of 1944, special junior offices including Kamio board Yamato. The young officers who place Yamato as their object of admiration and symbol of hope endure severe training on the ship with the help of Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Moriwaki, the head of the kitchen, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Uchida, a gunner, and face their first real fight at the battle of Leyte Gulf.

      However, this battle marks the virtual end of the Combined Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Then in April 1945, Yamato is ordered to carry out a suicide mission and sets out to the waters of Okinawa…