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Suicide Attack(1951)

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This film documents World War II battles between Japanese soldiers and American, British and Dutch forces in the Pacific during 1941--1945, as photographed by Japanese Army and Navy cameramen. Beginning on 7 Dec 1941, the footage covers Japanese parades and celebrations used to bolster soldiers' morale. Next, using footage taken from Japanese planes, the film depicts the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film continues with the battle for Manila and the surrender ceremonies at Corregidor, in which American soldiers are shown being taken as prisoners of war. Also covered are the Bataan Death March and death sentences being given to the American airmen involved in the 1942 bombing raid over Tokyo led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle. Considerable footage of kamikaze pilots attacking American vessels is shown, as well as machine gun battalion warfare in Okinawa, Japan and the American territory, Wake Island. The film concludes with the eventual victory of the Allied Forces and Japanese men and women weeping at Emperor Hirohito's announcement of surrender. Other seminal figures seen in the film are Japanese dictator Hedeki Tojo and American General Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright.