Review: ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’

Lavish ($25 million) and meticulous restaging of the Japanese airborne attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 constitutes a brilliant logistics achievement which is not generally matched by the overall artistic handling of the accompanying dramatic narrative.

Lavish ($25 million) and meticulous restaging of the Japanese airborne attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 constitutes a brilliant logistics achievement which is not generally matched by the overall artistic handling of the accompanying dramatic narrative.

Effect of the story [from Tora! Tora! Tora! by Gordon W. Prange and The Broken Seal by Ladislas Farago] seems to prove that the Japanese government, while somewhat divided internally, at least had some unity of purpose in its expansion plans.

Both overall director Richard Fleischer and his Japanese counterparts do a dull job, and the monotonously low-key tone of scene after scene almost suggests that each was filmed without a sense of ultimate slotting in the finished form.

1970: Best Special Visual Effects (A. D. Flowers, L. B. Abbot).

Nominations: Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Editing, Sound

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku; Producer Elmo Williams; Screenplay Larry Forrester, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima; Camera Charles F. Wheeler, Sinsaku Himeda, Masamichi Satch, Osami Furuya; Editor James E. Newcom, Pembroke J. Herring, Inoue Chikaya; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Jack Martin Smith, Yoshiro Muraki, Richard Day, Taizoh Kawashima

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 144 MIN.

With

Martin Balsam Soh Yamamura Joseph Cotten Tatsuya Mihashi E.G. Marshall Takahiro Tamura
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