Tora! Tora! Tora! was a hands-across-the-waters production with Japanese directors depicting the preparation to attack Pearl Harbor and an American director showing the U.S.’s cluelessness.
The actual invasion makes the first hour worth enduring. Japanese master Akira Kurosawa shot the first few days of this before fleeing the studio strictures.
Jason Robards, Jr., who plays Lieutenant General Walter C. Short in the movie, was present at the actual bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Robards received a Navy Cross for his wartime service.
Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction.
Cast: Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Jason Robards, Ned Wertimer, James Whitmore
Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda
Producer: Elmo Williams
Directors of Photography: Osami Furuya, Sinsaku Himeda, Masamichi Satoh, Charles F. Wheeler
Editors: Inoue Chikaya, Pembroke Herring, James E. Newcom
Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
Screenwriters: Larry Forrester, Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni
Production Designer: Yoshiro Muraki
Special Effects: A. D. Flowers
Art Directors: Richard Day, Taizoh Kawashima, Jack Martin Smith
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 144 minutes / 1970