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Japan's War in Colour
Japan's War in Colour
Actor: Brian Cox
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Documentary
NR     2005     2hr 31min

It was assumed no color films existed in Japan until the victorious U.S. forces arrived in 1945. This DVD is remarkable proof that those assumptions were verifiably false. Now you can discover the story of a nation at war ...  more »


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Actor: Brian Cox
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, History
Studio: Rhino Theatrical
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/13/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Outstanding Color Footage: From Japan!
Ernest Jagger | Culver City, California | 12/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I highly recommend this DVD about Japan in the Second World War. The film does a great job in both the footage and narrative in exploring the Japanese viewpoint of the war. What is also very fascinating is the color footage in the film. Most of the footage shown about the war in the Pacific is black and white, or colorized. This documentary film is actual color footage. Not restored black and white into color: But the real deal here. The film does an excellent job in showing Japan's experience in the war.

Moreover, the narration is very, very good. You also have first-person accounts of the events of the war: which I have also found to be a plus in any documentary. Primary evidence, be it paper documents or the men who witnessed these historic events give a much more vivid picture when discussing historic events. The pictures in the film are incredible. Almost 95% is in color. And I might add, this footage has never been seen before.

There is also bonus material included in the DVD called "The Last Bomb" which detail the planning and massive attacks of the then Army Air Force on the city of Tokyo. The film shows air combat footage of the Air Force in color. I have seen many of these types of films while I served in the U.S Air Force many years ago, however, this footage compliments the entire rest of the documentary film. There is also footage of the Pacific Campaign dealing with the varoius battles, such as Iwo Jima. Plus, there is footage of post-war Japan, which many documentaries do not focus on, when discussing the war. The DVD is highly recommended."
Fantastically Remarkable Achievement
UCLA Crew | Arlington, VA | 12/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If there ever was one film that effectively captures and encapsulates Japan's wartime experience, this DVD is it--hands down.

Narration and editing is absolutely phenomenal. Combined with first-person account of events amplifying the footage, this film relentlessly draws the viewer in.

And, oh, what pictures! Virtually 95% of color footage is never before seen, and even startled to see what I always believed to be B/W playing out in color. These are genuine color footages and NOT colorized B/W stock.

Bonus material includes a complete War Department Oscar nominated color documentary "The Last Bomb" that chronicles the planning and attack on the city of Tokyo by the U.S. Army Air Force. It contains incredible air combat gun camera footage--in color!

DVD also includes 3 selections of original color footage not used in the main program: Battle for the island of Iwo Jima, Hiroshima & Nagasaki after the atom bombs, and vivid street scenes of Japan during the postwar period.

A must-own DVD (the price is right, too).

WARNING: Contains uncensored/unsanitized film footage. Graphic scenes may not be suitable for some. Viewer discretion is advised.
Could be better
Travis Dockweiler | kalamazoo, mi USA | 12/01/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the first documentaries about World War II that I've seen that focused on the Japanese side of things. The film is too short and isn't very in depth about it's subject. For example, the "Rape of Nanking" is only mentioned briefly and doesn't even begin to describe anything that happens during this incident.

At about the 1:11 mark the Japanese have surrendered and the movie continues to describe what it was like after this for the Japanese. I'm glad they added this because most other documentaries probably wouldn't have even bothered.

I felt the movie relied too much on quotes about the war to tell it's story.

The film maker also seemed to love to brag in the movie about how their footage was the first time it was seen. Yeah right!

Definitely worth the $9 I paid for this movie."
Mastorna | Dominican Republic | 12/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Opinions vary indeed, in contrast to the previous reviewer I consider this documentary is well achieved in accordance with its true purpose, which is not to talk about detailed chapters of history but to provide human, contextual and chronological ambience to old film reels. This is the main point to keep in mind, and none the less the total result is full of insight and detail through personal accounts of the period and the excellent analysis of the narrator."