Battleship Yamato

11/30/05 This Japanese movie will focus on the death of the Yamato and her crew. On April 6, 1945, the ship was sacrificed in an attempt to stop the invasion of Okinawa. Most of the crew perished. I think the film will be an epitaph for that era, as Yamato means “indomidable Japanese spirit.” She was also the pride of the Nihon Kaigun. I think they will use the ship as a metaphor The Japanese have located the wreck and have explored it numerous times. While I don't speak Japanese, the trailer looks interesting if not a little romantic. Look for this to come out in limited release in the States or on hard-to-find Japanese DVD. I will post here when I get more information.

12/6/05 The trailer is available in high quality QuickTime. Whoo-boy, does it look overly silly. But the details on the set-piece - a full-scale replica of Yamato - make this more than passingly interesting.

Internet Links

IMdB: Yamato
Wikipedia: Yamato (film)