True story of political and military operations that lead to Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
After the invasion of China Japanese Empire is looking to acquire resources from other areas of Asia and Pacific, but the presence of American navy on Philippines and Hawaii are blocking their aspirations to invade further countries. The diplomacy was heading nowhere - United States and United Kingdom just wouldn’t accept any more annexations, nor would be willing to supply Japan with resources knowing that Japanese government builds strong army. Japanese generals started the preparations for the military solution to their country problems - this time they will attack their biggest threat in the area.
Their plan was a sudden attack on American forces and rapid invasion on several directions in order to gain as much territory as possible before United States will agree to some sort of diplomatic cease-fire and thus will accept that Japan are controlling the oil rigs in Indonesia and Philippines. Japanese navy come up with a plan of the strike on the main American base in Pacific, the Pearl Harbor on Hawaii, where all the American battleships and aircraft carriers were docked. The six Japanese aircraft carriers set out towards Oahu while American intelligence and Japanese diplomacy were still playing a cat and mouse game trying to outsmart the other side.
Japanese and American co-production similar in concept to The Longest Day - it shows in details all the events that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor and thus the beginning of American involvement in World War 2. Film made with spectacular effort, kept with very high realism and despite sticking closely to historical events it keeps viewers involved throughout the whole movie. Great movie that shows both sides of the story and has as much entertaining as historical value.
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Experienced Commander Dan Collier is in charge of group of new pilots aboard the American aircraft carrier on Pacific during World War 2, through strict discipline and tough training he tries to prepare his men for the encounter with enemy fighters.