Friday, April 24, 2009

Kamikaze in Color

Kamikaze in Color provides a balanced presentation of the ten-month
history of kamikaze operations starting in the Philippines in October
1944. The documentary has eight chapters that cover topics such as
the battles at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. In addition, the
DVD has about 80 minutes of special features divided into four sections: U.S. newsreels, Japanese newsreels, color bonus footage, and excerpts from Japanese movies.
These special features have no introduction or commentary, and most
have little or no connection to kamikaze operations. The two
highlights of these special features are a Japanese newsreel showing
the farewell of the five pilots in the Shikishima Unit, who made the
first official kamikaze attacks, and a 90-second wartime American
newsreel about kamikaze attacks on the carrier Ticonderoga and the
battleship Nevada.


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