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Japan’s Longest Day
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Japan’s Longest Day (1967)

日本のいちばん長い日

157 min

Country: Japan

Director: Kihachi Okamoto

Actors: Etsushi TakahashiHaruo YamadaHikaru KitchojiRokkō TouraSeiji MiyaguchiSô YamamuraTadao NakamaruTakao InoueTakashi ShimuraToshirô Mifune

Genres: Drama, History, War

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Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito, however, joins with his ministers in asking the unthinkable, the peaceful surrender of Japan. When the military plots a coup to overthrow the Emperor’s civilian government, Anami must face the choice between his desires and loyalty to his Emperor.

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