JAPAN'S LONGEST DAY A.K.A. THE EMPEROR AND A GENERALBased on a non-fiction account of the day leading up to the Emperor's radio broadcast following the acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration. With the last 24 hours before the end of the war as its focus, this film adaptation simultaneously details the ambivalence of the top-ranking government officials as well as a planned coup d'etat by young military officers. Unfolding with great suspense, the anguish of actual personalities is depicted with realism, giving insight into the end of the war. Attempting to reconstruct historical facts through its spirited direction, this masterpiece makes use of an all-star cast, lead by Ryu Chishu and Mifune Toshiro, whose superb performances contribute to the intensity of the work.
Text: Morimune Atsuko, catalog TOKYO FILMeX 2006
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