Hawai Mare oki kaisen

Hawai Mare oki kaisen (ハワイ・マレー沖海戦), The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malaya,[2] is a 1942 black-and-white Japanese war film directed by Kajiro Yamamoto and made during the Second World War.

Hawai Mare oki kaisen
Hawai Mare oki kaisen poster.jpg
Japanese movie poster
Directed byKajiro Yamamoto
Motoyoshi Oda (assistant director)
Produced byNobuyoshi Morita
Written byKajiro Yamamoto
Music bySeiichi Suzuki
CinematographyAkira Mimura
Production
company
Release date
  • December 3, 1942 (1942-12-03)[1]
Running time
117 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Japanese movie poster "...supported by Ministry of the Navy."

ProductionEdit

 
Film making; miniature set of the Pearl Harbor and American warships

Hawai Mare oki kaisen was the most costly film made in Japan up to that time, costing over $380,000, when a typical film cost no more than $40,000.[3][4] It used special effects and miniature models to create realistic battle scenes. These were intercut with genuine newsreel material to create the appearance of a documentary. The film was released during the week of the first anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The special effects are by Eiji Tsuburaya.[5]

It was confiscated by Supreme Command Allied Powers after the war, who mistook it for genuine news footage of the attack, and it was released by Movietone as such.[3][4]

ReceptionEdit

Joseph L. Anderson comments that Hawai Mare oki kaisen was "representative of the national-policy films", with the aim of dramatising "the Navy Spirit as culminated at Pearl Harbor." Critics at the time considered it the best film of 1942.[3]

CastEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in Japanese) http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1942/br001160.htm accessed 19 January 2009
  2. ^ IMDb AKA titles
  3. ^ a b c Anderson, Joseph L. (1982). The Japanese Film: Art and Industry. Princeton University Press. p. 131. ISBN 0-691-00792-6.
  4. ^ a b McDonald, Jason (2007). "Hawai Mare Oki Kaisen". Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  5. ^ IMDB: Cast. Accessed 19 January 2009

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