History Film / ToraToraTora

26th Jul '16 10:06:47 PM freesefan
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* {{Geisha}}: Briefly seen when Fuchida and his men are practicing bombing runs at a sleepy Japanese port that strongly resembles Pearl Harbor. Geisha girls from a nearby geisha house lean out the window, cheering the pilots on.
--> '''Fisherman''': Navy pilots attract geisha girls but they frighten the fish.
2nd Jul '16 7:53:01 AM StarTropes
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* AbandonShip: Shouted on at least one American ship during the attack.


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* DamageControl: Numerous sailors are seen fighting fires, references are made to counterflooding on listing ships, etc.


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* TitleDrop: The Japanese signal that they've achieved total surprise in the attack.
21st Jun '16 6:40:32 PM Rmpdc
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* GuyInBack: The Japanese "Val" Dive Bombers and "Kate" Torpedo bombers each have rear gunners in order to defend against enemy planes. It does little when [[SittingDucks several of them are attacked by two P-40s late into the film.]]


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** This also happens to the Japanese bombers who were attacked by the two P-40s that managed to get airborne.
21st Jun '16 12:03:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* SittingDucks: The American planes are grouped together in the middle of the airfields to protect from saboteurs, which only serves them up as perfect targets for the air attack. The Air Corps officers are painfully aware of this, but unable to do much about their orders.

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* SittingDucks: SittingDuck: The American planes are grouped together in the middle of the airfields to protect from saboteurs, which only serves them up as perfect targets for the air attack. The Air Corps officers are painfully aware of this, but unable to do much about their orders.
21st Jun '16 12:03:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* FighterLaunchingSequence: Most of the American fighters are destroyed on the ground, [[SittingDucks including many trying to get into the air.]]

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* FighterLaunchingSequence: Most of the American fighters are destroyed on the ground, [[SittingDucks [[SittingDuck including many trying to get into the air.]]
30th May '16 4:17:37 PM Ardashir
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** This is very much TruthInTelevision; the Japanese Army saw a fight with America as a sideshow, keeping the decadent Yankees occupied while the real war in China was won. Yamamoto had spent years as an attache in America, and he knew firsthand what sort of resources America could call on.
21st Dec '15 5:26:37 AM StarTropes
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* MercyKill: {{Discussed}} by Admiral Kimmel when he gets hit by a spent bullet shell during the attack.
--> '''Kimmel:''' It would have been merciful had it killed me.
9th Dec '15 12:55:59 AM BNSF1995
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* BittersweetEnding: While the Japanese manage to destroy huge numbers of American planes and severely damage most of their battleships, they fail to take out the American carriers (which were still at sea at the time of the attack), as well as missing other important targets in the harbor such as the sub pens and oil storage facilities. This would come back to haunt them a few months later. On the American side, despite the heavy losses, the attack only strengthens their resolve and removes their reluctance in going to war.

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* BittersweetEnding: While the Japanese manage to destroy huge numbers of American planes and severely damage most of their battleships, they fail to take out the American carriers (which were still at sea at the time of the attack), as well as missing other important targets in the harbor such as the sub pens and oil storage facilities. This would come back to haunt them a few months later. On the American side, despite the heavy losses, the attack only strengthens their resolve and removes their reluctance in going puts an end to war.both isolationism and the Great Depression.
18th Oct '15 6:31:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* SittingDucks: The American planes are grouped together in the middle of the airfields to protect from saboteurs, which only serves them up as perfect targets for the air attack. The Air Corps officers are [[GenreSavvy painfully aware of this]], but unable to do much about their orders.

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* SittingDucks: The American planes are grouped together in the middle of the airfields to protect from saboteurs, which only serves them up as perfect targets for the air attack. The Air Corps officers are [[GenreSavvy painfully aware of this]], this, but unable to do much about their orders.
27th Sep '15 12:26:49 PM Morgenthaler
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''Tora! Tora! Tora!'' is a 1970 film telling the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor from both the American and Japanese perspectives. Unusually, the film was made by two almost independent units -- an American unit directed by Richard Fleischer, and a Japanese unit directed by Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda. This technique would be repeated with its [[SpiritualSuccessor pseudo-sequel]] ''{{Midway}}''. The original idea was to blend the two stories seamlessly, until Fleischer realized it would be better to let the two halves retain contrasting styles.

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''Tora! Tora! Tora!'' is a 1970 film telling the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor from both the American and Japanese perspectives. Unusually, the film was made by two almost independent units -- an American unit directed by Richard Fleischer, and a Japanese unit directed by Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda. This technique would be repeated with its [[SpiritualSuccessor pseudo-sequel]] ''{{Midway}}''.''Film/{{Midway}}''. The original idea was to blend the two stories seamlessly, until Fleischer realized it would be better to let the two halves retain contrasting styles.
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