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Ah Kaigun

Gateway to Glory


Release Date
July, 12th, 1969
Running Time
121 min
Screening Format
Screen Size
Cinema Scope (1:2.35)

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In April 1934, lchiro Hirata (Kichiemon Nakamura) enters the Naval Academy at Etajima Island. The son of a poor farmer deep in his heart he is at first irked by all the rules of the academy but tries hard to suppress this feeling by forcing himself to concentrate on training and study.
On February 26, 1937, the so-called 2.26 Incident takes place. He cannot help sympathizing with the mutineers, since he himself had once hoped to become a politician in order to change the world into a better place.
In 1938, the Sino-Japanese War breaks out. He is informed that his mother at home is in a critical condition, but he sets aside personal feelings and refuses to go home. He is becoming more and more a true member of the Japanese Imperial Navy.
He graduates at the top of his class and is honored with a short sword bestowed on him by His Majesty, the Emperor. Returning from a voyage after graduation, he visits his mother's grave for the first time.
On December 8, 1941, the Japanese Navy attacks Pearl Harbor, and also gains great victories off the Malay Peninsula.
Hirata takes part in many sea battles as a pilot and is later assigned to the Air Fleet at Rabaul. However, the tide of war changes for the worse after the Battle of Midway and one day, he receives orders to escort the bomber plane in which Admiral Yamamoto (Shogo Shimada), the Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet is on board…

【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1969.12.4】

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