Saturday, December 31, 2005

It's Like 'Titanic', Only Different

I've been living under a rock lately when it comes to the news, so I must'a missed this. I mean, it was covered right?


http://www.yamato-movie.jp/


From the trailers, it actually looks like a top notch production (though probably not as enjoyable as that other Yamato production). My guess will be that the movie follows in the footsteps of it's anime brethren and the nemesis in the film is represented by some omnipresent, anti-hero villain. However, I shouldn't smart mouth too much as the story is rather tragic, from Wiki:
Yamato (大和), named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, was a battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and was the lead ship of her class. She and her sister ship Musashi were the largest, heaviest battleships ever constructed, weighing 65,027 tons and armed with nine 46 cm (18.1 inch) main guns.
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Her final mission was as part of Operation Ten-Go following the invasion of Okinawa on 1 April 1945. She was sent on a suicide mission (commanded by Admiral Ito Seiichi) to attack the US fleet supporting the US troops landing on the west of the island. On 6 April Yamato and her escorts, the light cruiser Yahagi and 8 destroyers, left port at Tokuyama. They were sighted on 7 April by American submarines as they exited the Inland Sea southwards. The U.S. Navy launched 386 aircraft to intercept the task force, and the planes engaged the ships starting at 12:30 that afternoon. Yamato took 8 bomb and 10 torpedo hits before, at about 14:23, she capsized to port and her aft magazines detonated. She sank while still some 200 km from Okinawa. Of her crew 2,475 were lost, and the 269 survivors were picked up by the escorting destroyers.

1 comment:

Eric Kendall said...

You write: "My guess will be that the movie follows in the footsteps of it's anime brethren and the nemesis in the film is represented by some omnipresent, anti-hero villain." It looks much more to me like the film will be a dramatization of the final voyage of the real battleship "Yamato," just as it is outlined in the Wikipedia article you quoted.