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A 25 April 1951 The Exhibitor article states that Paul Dubov provides the film's narration, which is predominantly a translation of the original Japanese soundtrack. According to a July 14, 1951 New York Times review, the film was shot by order of the war-time Japanese dictator Hedeki Tojo for use as propaganda to bolster Japanese soldiers during World War II. A March 21, 1951 San Francisco Chronicle article states that American military veterans who previewed the film claim Suicide Attack had several errors in its narration, including misdating the fall of Corregidor and misnaming the Filipino head of government.
Producer John Florea, a Life magazine photographer, acquired the footage from the Japanese Army-Navy Camera Center in Tokyo after the Japanese surrender. Florea was subsequently assigned to cover the surrender ceremonies in Hong Kong, Batavia, Manila, Singapore and Bangkok, some of which were included in the film. The original release of Suicide Attack was delayed because the United States Army requisitioned the films for use in war crime trials.