Tora! Tora! Tora! (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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"Tora! Tora! Tora!" is the Japanese signal to attack - and the movie meticulously recreates the attack on Pearl Harbor and the events leading up to it. Opening scenes contrast the American and Japanese positions. Japanese imperialists decide to stage the attack. Top U.S. brass ignore it's possibility. Intercepted Japanese messages warn of it - but never reach F.D.R.'s desk. Radar warnings are disregarded. Even the entrapment of a Japanese submarine in Pearl Harbor before the attack goes unreported. Ultimately the Day of Infamy arrives - in the most spectacular gut-wrenching cavalcade of action-packed footage ever. You'll see moments of unsurpassed spectacle and heroism: U.S. fighters trying to take off and being hit as they taxi; men blasted from the decks of torpedoed ships while trying to rescue buddies; savage aerial dogfights pitting lone American fliers against squadrons of Imperial war planes. It's the most dazzling recreation of America's darkest day - and some of her finest hours.System Requirements:Running Time: 145 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: G UPC: 024543240754 Manufacturer No: 2234075

"Sir, there's a large formation of planes coming in from the north, 140 miles, 3 degrees east." "Yeah? Don't worry about it." This is just one of the many mishaps chronicled in Tora! Tora! Tora! The epic film shows the bombing of Pearl Harbor from both sides in the historic first American-Japanese coproduction: American director Richard Fleischer oversaw the complicated production (the Japanese sequences were directed by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, after Akira Kurosawa withdrew from the film), wrestling a sprawling story with dozens of characters into a manageable, fairly easy-to-follow film. The first half maps out the collapse of diplomacy between the nations and the military blunders that left naval and air forces sitting ducks for the impending attack, while the second half is an amazing re-creation of the devastating battle. While Tora! Tora! Tora! lacks the strong central characters that anchor the best war movies, the real star of the film is the climactic 30-minute battle, a massive feat of cinematic engineering that expertly conveys the surprise, the chaos, and the immense destruction of the only attack by a foreign power on American soil since the Revolutionary War. The special effects won a well-deserved Oscar, but the film was shut out of every other category by, ironically, the other epic war picture of the year, Patton. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews:

  • Tora! Tora! Tora! Watch! Watch! Watch!
    I have always loved this movie. I think it is a interesting depiction of BOTH sides in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many mistakes were made, many oversights that I hope led to a better scrutiny of political and military paying attention for both countries. And it is a nice little, very entertaining history lesson. ...more info
  • Tora Tora Tora
    My husband is a Pearl Harbor Survivor and we give the video to friends at Christmas time. My order came in time for Christmas and the price was less than that of Target. I was well satisfied with the product and the delivery time.

    Shirley Herriford...more info
  • Another great war move
    Bought this for my husband. Tora! Tora! Tora! has to be one of the war movie classics of all time. He was thrilled to add this movie to his collection of war flicks....more info
  • Landmark half-Japanese/half-American production
    Tora Tora Tora" is a classic WWII film, and probably the most honest in its portrayal of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is the kind of film that gets shown in history classes in High School, which is where I saw it for the first time. The half-American/half-Japanese production is a shinning example of dedication to the facts over dramatic license when telling a historical story. The dual production shows heroes and incompetents on both sides of the conflict.

    While the proposed David Lean/Kurosawa Akira film never came to pass (And what a movie that would have been!), directors Kinji Fukasaku ("Battle Royale") and Richard Fleischer ("The Vikings") do their able best. Fukasaku maintained the integrity of the Japanese side production, and it is almost shocking to see Japanese people acting like actual Japanese people in an American war film, rather than as stereotyped monsters or amusing caricatures. He had little control over the final product, however, as all editing was done on the American side, and Fleischer simply removed any of the footage that he didn't like.

    The DVD for "Tora Tora Tora" is a real treat. The new 20-minute documentary, "Day of Infamy," discusses the historical accuracy of the film, with several University professors weighing in. The commentary track is excellent, with a dialog between director Richard Fleisher & Japanese film historian Stuart Galbraith ("The Emperor and the Wolf.") Kurosawa-expert Galbraith details the behind-the-scenes troubles with Kurosawa that led to his removal from the film, although, perhaps in respect to his commentary partner, he does not mention Kurosawa's dissatisfaction with the American director. The commentary is much more involved with the filmmaking process itself, rather than the Pearl Harbor attack, and is a nice compliment to the more-focused documentary....more info
  • This is how all war movies should be made
    This film is fairly accurate and mostly without political spin ( by nature, all historical works have some spin ). It allows the historical facts re-tell the story.

    Indeed, I would love to see more WWII ( and yes, maybe some WWI or older ) battles told in this fashion. The movie Midway started down this path, but drifted very far in its attempt.

    Tora, Tora, Tora is worthy of of watching both from a film standpoint and from a historical standpoint. Buy it, watch it, and show it to your kids ( age appropriate, of course )....more info
  • Great war epic on America's "Day of Infamy"
    Despite being filmed over 30 years ago, this classic war film remains THE definitive Hollywood version on the attack on Pearl Harbor. The planes look great, the direction (both the American and Japanese) is flawless, and the action is still very impressive. Also, the cast is typically great for a war epic, with Joseph Cotten, Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore, and Jason Robards, among many others. The Japanese actors are likewise great. This is one of those rare war movies that honors the courage and determination of BOTH sides. That, and the historical accuracy (for Hollywood) is why this remains such a popular movie. The music by Jerry Goldsmith works perfectly for the movie. This special edition dvd has a great picture quality (and is widescreen, thank goodness), a documentary "Day of Infamy", the original trailer, and commentary by the director Richard Fleischer and Japanese film historian Stewart Galbraith. There's no better time to watch this than on Dec. 7, so if you don't already own this gem do yourself a favor and buy it!...more info
  • Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!-
    -the english translation of the title.

    Tora! Tora! Tora! was the japanese code signaling the Japanese naval officers to proceed with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Another reviewer claims that the word can also mean kill, although I can't confirm that. This movie only won an academy award for best visual effects in 1970, most other awards going to Patton that same year. The movie was directed by three men, was based on two books, one of the same title written by Prange, the other written by Farago and entitled The Broken Seal: operation magic and the secret road to Pearl Harbor. The movie is somewhat unbiased in that both sides' reactions and story are represented. The quote from Admiral Yamamoto which dramatically ends the movie was never said by him: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve." Awake, though, the Americans, they sure did. I didn't realize how significant the damage done was until I saw this movie. A sizable number of the Pacific fleet was benignly lingering in Pearl Harbor that Sunday morning and sunk or left in flames a few hours later as the Japanese airmen flew back unscathed to their base. However, as another Japanese commander noted, none of the American aircraft carriers were there. The American side was beset with communication problems of various sorts with too many men crying wolf weeks before the attack. I'd like to read the books or those of others to understand what exactly happened on the American side that resulted in this "day of infamy". I did like this docu-drama, accurately reliving that fated day....more info
  • I Fear All We Have Done is Waken a Sleeping Giant...
    These words are spoken by Adm Yamamoto at the end of the film whne he has learned that that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that he planned was even more successful than they had hoped in their wildest dreams...and yet the American aircraft carriers were not there. Thus, this film which shows the planning and execution of the attack, ends on a note of simultaneous Japanese exaltation and foreboding about the future.
    This film is a must for anyone who cares to be an informed citizen. It not only about the past, but also about the present (for example 9/11): what a bold thinking group of men can accomplish if they put their minds to it, the complex relations between the United States, Japan and their neighbors like China and Korea, national arrogance and overconfidence ("it can't happen here"), looking for scapegoats after a disaster, and much more.
    From the cinematic viewpoint, the battle scenes are just breathtaking, especially the attack on Hickam Field were we see aircraft blowing up right and left and the air battles where two incredibly brave American fighter pilots take on the whole air fleet that carried out the attack returning to their aircraft carriers. I also love the scene where we see the Japanese strike force taking off from their carriers just as dawn is breaking. E G Marshall puts in a fine performance as Col Rufus Bratton, an American intelligence officer who is convinced that the Japanese are going to attack, as he is trying to awaken the military establishment in Washington to the danger. Also Jason Robards does a good job as the hapless General Walter Short who is in charge of defending Hawaii from naval and air attack (Robards was actually at Pearl Harbor during the attack so I am sure he had no trouble "getting into" the part!). Having real Japanese actors speaking Japanese (unlike the movie "Midway") gives the film a real feel of authenticity.

    Having said these good things about the film, I would like to point out a few weaknesses (1) I can't understand why the American naval personnel are always shown wearing their white dress uniforms-it makes them look silly, (2) this film was made in 1970 when the US was bending over backwards to be nice to Japan because of the Cold War and the unpopularity of the presence of the American military bases in Japan resulting from the American war in Vietnam. As a result, they repeated the line which was propagated at the time, saying that the Japanese intended to present a declaration of war before the attack commenced (the typists supposedly worked too slowly and so it was finally presented to Secretary of State Cordell Hull AFTER the attack). In reality, the infamous "14-part message" Ambassadors Namura and Kurusu were supposed to deliver was NOT a declaration of war at all, but simply an announcement that the Japanese were breaking off negotiations. Also, the film claims that Emperor Hirohito was personally opposed to going to war with the US, but being a "prisoner" of the cabinet, had no choice but to go along with them. It is now widely believed by historians that the Emperor was, in fact, a strong supporter of Japanese aggression. Also, there is some evidence that he was personally involved in war crimes. However, all this was hushed up after the war in order to make the American occupation of Japan run smoothly, and this film simply continues this line.
    One important point to keep in mind is that, although FDR did want to get the US into the war with Germany, he most certainly did NOT want to get into war with Japan if he could help it. A war in the Pacific would only divert resources away from the European Theater of Operations, which he viewed as most important. This conclusively disproves the conspiracy theories that claim the FDR deliberately left Pearl Harbor undefended in order to shock the American people into going to war.
    In spite of these criticisms, I still rate the film as 5-stars....more info
  • A slow moving film but still interesting.
    This film was a collaboration between Japanese and American filmmakers so its very accurate, the film shows us both sides of the story from their point of view which was very interesting and it was way better than that dreadful flick Pearl Harbor done by Michael Bay. The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941 was one of the most significant events of the 20th century, the characters were played by Martin Balsam, Soh Yamamura, Joseph Cotton ect. The film starts of slow as we get to know all the details from the diplomatic maneuvering to the U.S. blunder that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor then the second half starts with the final battle sequence which was beautifully filmed. Tora! Tora! Tora! was the Japanese signal for the attack and the devastating events that follow afterwards, I thought it was a brilliant film and it was based on the real facts unlike that other film. If you liked this film then I highly recommend these other war films The Longest Day, Patton, Full Metal Jacket and Flag Of Our Fathers/Letters From Iow Jima. ...more info
  • Great Account of Pearl Harbor Attack

    This movie shows the attack from the perspective of both sides. It goes into great detail in showing the Japanese planning and execution of the attack and also how the US forces knew Pearl Harbor was vulnerable to air attack, but did little to prevent it. Washington's culpability in not giving their Hawaiian commanders access to the most detailed information on Japanese intentions is also covered....more info
  • Great Movie on Pearl Harbor.
    This is a great depiction of what happened at Pearl Harbor. It even gives an inside look at Japanese intentions and war strategies. The battle scenes are true to life and are excellent considering when this movie was made in the late 70's. If you like war movies, this is a good one to own. ...more info
  • Generally, I instralls Every Documentary ,in my bookshelf, But incase, I instaled this Movie than any ather Documentary-Best !
    Impressive Presidet Roosevelt's Address and
    Declaration of War inCongress on 8,Dec,1941,
    pyll out the Patriotism as"Remember Pearl Habour"
    Recreation of the Devastating Battle of 30 min.Scenes
    gave wonderful interests and excitement rather than
    real Documentary !
    I will point out some Technical misses during real Battles.
    Japanese missed: 1) losted main objects--3 USN.Carriers,Enterprise,
    Lexinton and Saratoga--Incomplete Attack of Co.of Japanese 1st Fleet,
    Adm. Nagmo. 2) Missing Attack of Oil Resorvior Tanks of Hawaii.
    American side: 1) Neglected Radar officers-assumed as routine Flight
    of B-17 From Mainland.3) All gatherd line up military Aircrafts and
    Naval Ships as "Sitting Duck" from worry of Japanese Terrors.
    3) Overlooked meaning of Attacked unidentified midgrt Submarines.

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  • Still the Only Fine Film Rendition of This Infamous Attack
    If you viewed the recent "Pearl Harbor," which makes the attack a backdrop to a romantic love triangle, you won't be disappointed with this original version of the dastardly Japanese sneak attack on the American Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I had the immense good fortune to see it again with some survivors after revisiting the Arizona Memorial in my hometown of Honolulu. It registered with me as deeply as when it premiered 35 years ago. You will find in this film a concerted effort to faithfully re-chronicle the events leading up to the attack from both the Japanese and American sides. Lacking film stars, the historical tale is allowed to stand on its own with some roles played by actors who actually resemble their real-life counterparts. Moreover, the film included actual aircraft and facilities from that era rather than relying on models or replicas. It avoids the dry documentary style while unfolding disparate events in an easy-to-follow sequence. The attack through the beautiful mountain ridge along the west coast of O'ahu (over what is now Scofield Barracks) is accurately depicted (an area, incidentally, now off-limits to civilians) and enhances the sense of brutal shock of it all on what would have been just another tranquil Sunday morning in paradise. Yet the directors resist the tawdry temptation to overdramatize events, instead allowing the diplomatic intrigue and military planning to speak for themselves. In doing so, the directors enable Admirial Yamamoto's prophetic words at film's end to have a greater impact, serving as a sober reminder of how Japanese jingoism subdued better strategic reasoning. [P.S. this was the not the first attack on American soil since the Revolutionary War, as an official reviewer with obviously limited historical understanding noted]....more info
  • An Historical Achievement, But Lacks Character and Pacing
    There are many things for which TORA, TORA, TORA is worthy of praise. It is an historically accurate film and many regard it as a triumph of history over Hollywood entertainment. For all of those who have recently trashed films like THE PATRIOT and U-571 for the ridiculously one-sided storylines they offer, this is the film they are looking for. TORA, TORA, TORA provides a balanced perspective on the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese are depicted as real human beings in this film and we are reminded of the reasoning surrounding their attack. On the flip side, the lack of American concern and preparation is communicated as well, suggesting that some of the damage incurred on that day was due to mismanagement problems. I was quite impressed with the way that a balanced history manages to come through in this film. Additionally, I was struck in awe at several points (such as when the Japanese planes are taking off from their aircraft carriers) and was forced to imagine what it must have been like to have witnessed it.

    However, for all of its achievements, I question TORA, TORA, TORA's effectiveness as a motion picture. For my money, I would rather see character development and a personalized story in a major motion picture. As some reviewers have commented, the only real star in the film is the special effects during the battle sequence. Essentially, TORA, TORA, TORA feels like a documentary. Of course, isolating personal stories during a war can lead to over-the-top, feel-good-about-America pictures and I am certainly not recommending these types of films. But one does not have to sacrifice interest and character development when making an historically accurate film.

    Moreover, TORA, TORA, TORA seemed far too long. Several scenes could have been effectively edited down to a fraction of their length and the battle sequence at the end, while thrilling, is painfully long. In this way, the film manages to convey the depressing magnitude of the attack simply by making us watch it for thirty minutes. Another example occurs during a scene I enjoyed in which the Japanese airplanes are taking off from their aircraft carriers. The scene is beautiful, particularly with the sun just beginning to rise on the horizon. But did we have to see every plane take off? Is five minutes of planes taking off the most effective use of time? I do not think so.

    Overall, TORA, TORA, TORA is a great achievement in historical accuracy and I think it should be shown in history classes. I just do not think it will be shown on my own television screen that often. It lacks the character development, emotion, and pacing to deserve that honor....more info
  • A history lesson you will enjoy watching.
    This is perhaps the best war movie ever made, about one of modern history's most important events. Being historically accurate, it is an excellent way to learn about the beginnings of WWII from the perspective of either Japan or the U.S., without any bias. It has important relevance to the world situation toady because it was a war over resources, mainly oil and rubber, which Japan vitally needed for their booming industry. (Japan became a great industrial power while the rest of the world was mired in the Great Depression). The film gives good coverage to the U.S. embargo against Japan, [which was in response to Japanese aggression in Malaya, China, the Dutch East Indies and French Indo-China] and to the Japanese diplomatic efforts in trying to avoid the [increasingly restrictive list of items added to the] embargo.

    Despite providing many political and strategic details, this movie is filled with action and suspense. The special effects are excellent and add to the realism without being surreal.

    The Japanese actors were filmed in Japan, speaking Japanese with English subtitles. The Japanese actors' performance was excellent and the film was very popular in Japan.

    This film is a gem and should be required viewing for high school history students, who can learn much about history in a thoroughly entertaining way. History buffs, scholars and movie fans in general should enjoy seeing this.

    My thanks to everyone involved with the production for preserving and portraying this piece of history in such a commendable manner.
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  • Great WW II action with notable period stars
    This focus of this film is on the morning of Sunday, December 7th, 1941, the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor.

    This movie is outstanding... just superb. You won't find better action footage in any WW II film and there's plenty of it too! We (Americans) clearly got our behinds tromped during the Pearl Harbor invasion but, because this is an American film, that facet of actuality is slightly played down, (micro victories by individuals are featured to counter our overall demise), as is Roosevelt's alleged desire to enter the war minimized, (my 90 year-old aunt asserts that FDR was Satan himself, I think mostly due to how our family members, during the conflict, were fruitlessly lost and suffered as POWs).

    In any event, the scenes herein shift between Washington D.C. political activities and those of the Pearl Harbor principals. Of course, the Japanese planning and action sequences are similarly featured.

    The film is shot in letterbox and runs 144 minutes in length. Excellent color saturation, with great casting (bulging with big period stars), top scenery, believeable script, 70 mm cinematography, and awesome sets all contribute to the aggregate success of this exceptional film. It's all very realistic and not hokey in any sense. A lot of the footage, where the Japanese are speaking, is subtitled in English but it's well-done and not at all distracting. Compare it to the German subtitles in "The Longest Day".

    I can't convey enough good comments about this movie. If you are even just a casual movie viewer of common genres, you'll probably much enjoy this well-made historical film, albeit some dramatic artistic license was tastefully invoked by the directors, Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda .

    I do recommend that you have the movie "Midway," (a sort of historic Act II), ready at hand to watch following "Tora! Tora! Tora!" the former of which is a similarly fine film....more info
  • Living history....
    Unlike the mediocre and Disneyfied 'Pearl Harbor' with its cheesy love story and splashy special effects, Tora! Tora! Tora! actually has the feel that you are reliving history. The drama of the moment when the United States is dragged into World War II does not need embellishment, and the filmmakers here are wise in their use of restraint. You are struck by the missed clues that doomed thousands, the all-too-slow teletypes and relaxation that turns into realization and then to horror. This is a movie that honors the dead, and yet seeks to understand the Japanese as well and portray them realistically.
    The heroics on the ground in the face of daunting odds and total surprise are inspiring even in their futility. As is the end of the movie, which doesn't feel compelled (unlike in Pearl Harbor) to tell you what happened next. We know what happened next. The country was ripped from its complacency, and was changed forever. And mushroom clouds eventually came to Japan. There is a solemnity to the whole enterprise, an understanding of the tragedy that befell the Navy that day that will live in infamy. You cannot help but be swept away by it....more info
  • Outstanding
    As an avid student of history, I've grown used to Hollywood taking liberties when it comes to historical dramas. Sometimes they really go overboard but it's entertaining ("Braveheart" "They Died With Their Boots On") and others they fail miserably ("Midway" "Battle of the Bulge"). This film is the best of both worlds-reasonably accurate and entertaining. And for it's time (1970) the special effects are exceptional-this is how films of this genre should be done....more info
  • One of the most realistic film depictions of Pearl Harbor...
    Nominated for five Academy Awards (most of them related to effects and visuals), and winner of the Oscar for Special Visual Effects, Tora! Tora! Tora! is a true Hollywood blockbuster. Long before the star-studded, over-hyped Disney film Pearl Harbor, film creators gave us a much better picture of the events surrounding December 7, 1941. Often shown on the History Channel, Tora! Tora! Tora! almost fits the definition of a documentary. The film doesn't employ sideshow tricks such as love triangles (i.e. Pearl Harbor) in order to create audience interest. In fact, few of the actors stand out on their own. Instead, each character plays his part as it most likely unfolded in real life - and the real life version of Pearl Harbor is interesting enough on its own...

    Tora! Tora! Tora! originates as the Japanese call sign for a full-fledged attack on the American naval installation at Pearl Harbor. When the Japanese Empire continues its expansion throughout the Asian-Pacific realm, the United States institutes economic sanctions. As further divisions threaten to bring about war between the two nations, Japanese admirals convene in order to plan a surprise preemptive attack on the United States Navy in the event that war becomes inevitable.

    Among those present is Admiral Yamamoto (So Yamamura) who agrees to carry out the plan, but as a man who studied extensively in the United States, he believes his fellow countrymen underestimate the resolve and the industrial might of the American people. Nonetheless, the Japanese continue their surveillance of Pearl Harbor with a plan to annihilate the US Navy and its vital fleet of aircraft carriers.

    Meanwhile, certain people in Washington are intercepting coded messages between the island of Japan and its ambassador to the United States. As the rumor of a Japanese attack begins to take hold, officials attempt to convince the top leaders in the chain of command. But the idea of such a bold and unprovoked attack is difficult to comprehend.

    When the Japanese arrive at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, they realize their plan has worked well. They achieve total surprise, and the call of Tora! Tora! Tora! goes out to the fleet, launching a second wave of attack planes. The Japanese attacks sink several battleships, but not a single carrier (the carriers unexpectedly left the harbor to practice maneuvers). Threatening to annihilate Pearl Harbor, the Japanese are unexpectedly called back by a conservative admiral, leaving the scene before than can inflict maximum damage. The mistake is eloquently expressed by Admiral Yamamoto who fears that his countrymen have "only managed to awaken a sleeping giant"...

    Despite its 1970 release date, Tora! Tora! Tora! remains a wonderful film that can hold its own in the special effects department with any modern day blockbuster. In fact, the older camera technology makes the scenes subconsciously feel more realistic than modern day films such Pearl Harbor. If you're looking for a good, suspenseful movie (and one which teaches history too), then you'll be hard pressed to find a better option than Tora! Tora! Tora! One of the best war films of all time, Tora! Tora! Tora! is a definite must see film...

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  • Tora Tora Tora!
    Excellent Classic masterfully recording on DVD. A must for the collector of the classic WWII films....more info