Etajima, the Naval Academy
Kaigunheigakko monogatari Ah Etajima
Release Date : September, 6th, 1959
Running Time : 105 min
Genre : Feature
Color : Color
Screening Format : -,HDCAM SR
Screen Size : Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
[ Directed by ] MURAYAMA Mitsuo
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[ Story ]
The former Japanese Naval Academy was at Etajima, one of the many islands of the beautiful Inland Sea.
Among the new cadets were Ishikawa and Murase. Murase's mother had remarried after his father's death and the impressionable boy hated his overbearing father who held the whip-hand over his gentle mother.
Out of defiance of his step-father he became wayward. But he was bright and his teacher persuaded him to enter the Academy as he knew that if he left home, his mother need not feel apologetic towards her husband on his account.
Discipline was strict, their studies were hard and, in between, all the new cadets received an ample share of beatings, at the hands of the senior cadets, for the slightest mistakes. Murase thought all picked on him the most, especially Cadet First Class Kogure, who manhandled him at the slightest excuse.
The war dragged on as Attu and Kiska fell. Rabaul and Saipan followed and the black clouds of defeat loomed near as the cadets trained with all their might to prepare themselves to save their Motherland.
One day, Murase dies as he turns a machine gun on the aircraft that had sunk a battleship. Ishikawa graduates and is on active service when the war ends.
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1960 3.1】
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