Film: Battle of the Pacific, 2011\.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    Picked up this film for £6 on Amazon. Was really impressed and captivated.
    It is based on the true story of Capt Sakae Oba and his command of 46 other soldiers, who survived the Banzai attack of 7th July 1944 on Saipan, to continue a disruptive Guerrila war against the Marines on the island.
    If you are interested in the Pacific War, I suggest you try and buy or rent a copy.
    Might also be called: Oba, The Last Samurai.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    Sound interesting witt. Will look out for it.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    I have never been a Pacific War fan, but the story intrigued me.
    Will bring it to you in November or post it, if I can find an envelope.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    Don’t worry Witt - bought it yesterday, before I saw your post, with my b/day amazon voucher


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    Bugger! Hope you enjoy it.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    Watched it last night witt. May not have compared to your exciting evening but I did enjoy it.

    Funny though - despite the big battles at the start it’s more of a peace film that a war film, if you know what I mean. Enemies that have learned to hate each other finding a path to a different future despite all the cultural and emotional barriers.

    For that reason I found it especially poignant.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    One of the more interesting documentaries I’ve seen on the Pacific theatre in WWII is “They Filmed the War in Color: The Pacific War”, directed by René-Jean Bouyer.  Unlike a lot of the colorized stuff that’s become popular over the last several years, this one consists of genuine colour film shot during WWII.  It was one of four WWII colour documentaries originally produced (I think) for French television; only two have been released in English translation.  What makes them intriguing is that, by limiting himself to genuine contemporary colour footage, Bouyer ends up presenting the war from a slightly unusual perspective.  Many classic events of WWII were only shot in black-and-white, so Bouyer had to work around them or skip them altogether; conversely, he used a lot of seldom-seen (and in some cases just recently discovered) footage highlighting pieces of the war that are typically ignored in more conventional documentaries.  His Pacific War documentary also has an excellent musical score in my opinion.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    Not seen it or any others of the four Marc.

    How honestly did the series treat France’s war record?


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @Private:

    How honestly did the series treat France’s war record?

    The two that I own (the only two ever released on DVD, I think) are They Filmed the War in Color: The Pacific War and They Filmed the War in Color: Victory in Europe.  The English title of the second one is a bit misleading because it was originally the “France is Free” episode of the TV series; it does give an overview of the war in Europe, but spends a lot of time on France from before the war up to the 1944 liberation.  I haven’t watched it in a long while, so I don’t remember its details – but I don’t recall the film making any outrageous mistakes or being dishonest about France’s wartime role.  In fact, the only scene which I do recall in some detail is a part near the beginning that shows amateur film footage of some sort of public gathering in a small town back in peacetime, and the narration is hardly flattering; it notes that the prewar hierarchical social structure of the town is in full view: the clergy, the magistrates and the peasants.  I remember the Pacific one a lot better, and its narration didn’t pull any punches: in one of the first lines of the movie, the narrator says that on such-and-such a date, President Roosevelt lifted the wartime censorship restrictions against showing the corpses of American servicemen in newsreel films.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    Interesting Marc. Thanks.


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