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    Japanese Movie Trailer - Battleship Yamato

    YouTube - IJN Battleship YAMATO

    Stage6 nagumo4

    IJN Yamato

    Year Completed Yamato: 1941
    Displacement 71,659 tons
    Dimensions 862'10" x 121'1" x 32'11"
    Speed 27 knots
    Armament 9 x 18.1"/45
    12 (later 6) x 6.1"/60
    12 (later 24) x 5"/40 DP
    up to 150 x 25mm AA
    4 x 13mm AA
    Armor 16.1" belt (inclined)
    11.8" bulkheads
    9.1" deck
    25.6" turret face
    19.7" conning tower
    Crew 2800

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    IJN Battleship YAMATO Stage6

    Shows the sinking Hollywood style.

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    What movie is this? Something new coming out??

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    Japanese Movie - Came out in 2005

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    Still waiting for Ballard to visit her. They know where she is and that she is in three pieces but would like to see a documentary on her similar to finding Bizmark.
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    wow .. very nice ... the Japanese were the first to fit their battleship with 18-inch guns (Yamato-class) and prior to that they were the first power to equip their battleships with 16-inch guns (Nagato-class) ....

    btw anybody seen clint eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima

    is the movie about the last one-way voyage of Yamato toward Okinawa
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    Has anyone seen the English sub-titled version and if so is it worth buying to watch? Also, any problems with it playing on a US DVD player?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xerxes View Post
    wow .. very nice ... the Japanese were the first to fit their battleship with 18-inch guns (Yamato-class) and prior to that they were the first power to equip their battleships with 16-inch guns (Nagato-class) ....

    btw anybody seen clint eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima

    is the movie about the last one-way voyage of Yamato toward Okinawa
    I believe it is about the American Marine assult assisted by the USN on the island of Iwo Jima against imbedded Japanese forces. The island itself was the last in a chain enableling the Americans to conduct undaunted assults against the Japanese homelands. There is much more to this and Im sure some of the guys here can elaborate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnought View Post
    I believe it is about the American Marine assult assisted by the USN on the island of Iwo Jima against imbedded Japanese forces. The island itself was the last in a chain enableling the Americans to conduct undaunted assults against the Japanese homelands. There is much more to this and Im sure some of the guys here can elaborate.
    well ... what I meant was has anybody seen the movie aside myself.

    I have seen both the American perspective - flags of our father - and the Japanese perspective - letters from iwo jima

    though i found that for some reason the Japanese perspective has all the gore and blood editted out of the final cut (PG-13) whereas the American perspective has a lot of gory scenes (R-rated)

    I guess i will wait for the DVD ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xerxes View Post
    wow .. very nice ... the Japanese were the first to fit their battleship with 18-inch guns (Yamato-class) and prior to that they were the first power to equip their battleships with 16-inch guns (Nagato-class) ....

    btw anybody seen clint eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima

    is the movie about the last one-way voyage of Yamato toward Okinawa
    It about the life of the Yamato. Battle scenes include Leyte Gulf and its ultimate suicide mission in Okinawa.

    I have not seen it personally but from internet reviews its like Titanic meets Saving Private Ryan.

    Otoko-tachi no Yamato (2005)

    I am an American PhD student based in both Japan and Micronesia doing extensive fieldwork with the survivors of the Pacific War in the Pacific Islands and Japan--as well as the families of war dead. Since I have been really involved most recently with the families of soldiers and sailors who died in the Pacific, I naturally wanted to see this movie.

    I found myself with tears in my eyes from the very beginning, because it was as if all the black and white photographs I have been generously shown by these families were coming to life--the young faces of these sailors, frightened, proud, and eager to live up to their responsibilities, were very true to what I sense was really happening in the 1940s.

    I have to say, unlike the very propagandist flavor of many American films about the Pacific War, including most recently 'Pearl Harbor,' this film really delves into the traumatic aspects of masculinity in general and having to live up to "being a man" in Japan just as much as it celebrates the humanity of the people involved. Many American films, with the exception of 'Saving Private Ryan' and several films about Vietnam, tend to stick to very comic-like stark depictions of heroes and villains and an overall sense of being "victimized" by the enemy. Here, the enemy is not the United States but rather masculinity and male pride itself, as well as the whole tragic story they create.

    As such, it is a welcome remedy to way too much American-biased victory narratives that obscure the face of the Japanese military, and to films that portray menacing, dehumanized battalions of Japanese soldiers advancing forth without any legitimate context of their own. We see in this film the faces of these young men and understand what situation they were coming from.

    That said, clearly the film was trying to be sensitive to war bereaved and to the official narratives of Japanese pretexts for war, and in that sense I feel they overdid it a little. We don't get a sense, for instance, about Japan's colonial presence throughout Asia and the Pacific--only the vague notion that Japan somehow got involved in war. Still, this isn't really a film about why the war happened, but rather about how it was to live and fight in the immediate time preceding Japanese surrender. In that sense, I do want to make the critique that this film really could have done with even MORE contextualization and solid research of popular Japanese culture at the time, because this would have added even more to its convincing sense of reality. For instance, the soundtrack would have been greatly enhanced with some of the evocative marching music and the ballads on the radio in the 1930s and 1940s that encouraged young men to join the navy and go south to the South Seas.

    These songs are still sung even by the bereaved families who go back to visit the places where their loved ones died, so it would have been quite powerful if we got to hear them throughout the film. The absence of small details like this, some rather poorly-imitated Japanese regional dialects, and some of the melodramatic overacting by a few members of the cast, detracted somewhat from the overall production. But in general, this is a very fine film, extremely well acted (and compassionately so) by its cast.

    I have been reading a book about the film in Japanese and it's fascinating to learn how so many of the cast worked directly with Japanese veterans and the bereaved families in order to develop their characters and their behavior. So in many respects this film is not only based on the realities of battle (which are really just the backdrop) but on the real life realities of war and on being a young man in the Japanese Imperial Navy in 1944-1945.

    In all, it's an extremely meaningful film that needs to be distributed widely through the world. I know there is a lot of resistance to its release in China and Korea, understandably, but I think this is a portrait of what was going on for Japanese at the time and as such could even work as a tool to facilitate better understanding in these countries. It is essential that more compassionate films like this are made that go on to address the complexity and horror of what happened in Asia and the Pacific-- to the people whose lives were colonized and ruined by Japanese aggression, but at least it's a start. It appears to me that Japanese popular culture is finally ready to address the war in all of its ugliness and begin to heal some of these old wounds.
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    Well, guess I need to see it.
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    my father has it in japanise language,no subtitels, he said it was the best movie he seen in a long time.
    it might be even better if he spoke japanise, but he liked it anyway, he is a huge navy fan, especially ww1, ww2.

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    NOVA | Sinking the Supership | PBS

    Yamato Today

    This posted links will take you to a site. They interviewed the survivors of Yamato's sinking many years afterwards. It also gives some real good information and links for further information about her. Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xerxes View Post
    wow .. very nice ... the Japanese were the first to fit their battleship with 18-inch guns (Yamato-class) and prior to that they were the first power to equip their battleships with 16-inch guns (Nagato-class) ....

    btw anybody seen clint eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima

    is the movie about the last one-way voyage of Yamato toward Okinawa
    True they were the first to launch Nagato armed with (8) 16"/45 rifles.

    Had the 1922 Washington treaty not stopped battleship building the U.S. was already 2 years into laying down the South Dakota class with (12) 16"/50 rifles.

    Havent seen letters from Iwo Jima yet but I do want to.
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    ^^^

    I am downloading Yamato as we speak ... I shall have feedbacks

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