History Film / ToraToraTora

15th Aug '17 1:06:40 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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The title is the Japanese code-word used to indicate that complete surprise was achieved. "Tora" is Japanese for "tiger".

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The title is the Japanese code-word used to indicate that complete surprise was achieved. "Tora" is Japanese for "tiger".
"tiger", although TheOtherWiki mentions that it was also shorthand for "Totsugeki rageki" - meaning "surprise attack" (more appropriate given the purpose of the mission).
15th Aug '17 3:44:13 AM Rmpdc
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* WeaponsUnderstudies: Then-modern (but still '40s or '50s era) missile destroyers and frigates playing smaller ships in the harbor during the attack. Rebuilt American prop trainers as the Japanese aircraft. Late model B-17s portraying earlier models. In a nice touch, however, the destroyer escort playing the USS ''Ward'' had her hull number repainted to match ''Ward'''s for the film.

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* WeaponsUnderstudies: Then-modern (but still '40s or '50s era) missile destroyers and frigates playing smaller ships in the harbor during the attack. Rebuilt American prop trainers as the Japanese aircraft. Late Later model B-17s and P-40s portraying earlier war models. In a nice touch, however, the destroyer escort playing the USS ''Ward'' had her hull number repainted to match ''Ward'''s for the film.
10th Jun '17 3:54:54 AM Rmpdc
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* FragileSpeedster: The Japanese Zero fighter. Demonstrated when two P-40s take a few down in only one or two bursts. (In RealLife, once the Americans deployed the P-51 Mustang--just as fast as the Zero, but not nearly as fragile--the air war in the Pacific got really lopsided.)

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* FragileSpeedster: The Japanese Zero fighter. Demonstrated when two P-40s take a few down in only one or two bursts. (In RealLife, once the Americans deployed aircraft such as the P-38 Lightning, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, and P-51 Mustang--just as fast as fast, if not faster than, the Zero, but not nearly as fragile--the air war in the Pacific got really lopsided.)
5th Jun '17 6:12:11 PM Rmpdc
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* GlassCannon: The "Val" dive bombers and "Kate" torpedo bombers are shown to be capable of devastating both American ships and bases with their ordnance, but once they come under attack by P-40s or are hit by AntiAir fire from the ground, they are shown smoking and/or going down.
5th Jun '17 2:43:45 PM madorosh
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** At Hobo One's orders, the formation of B-17s (unarmed since they were just on a ferrying mission) scatters when they run into the Japanese aircraft, with the planes making for different airfields in hope of finding a safe place to land.

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** At Hobo One's Oboe Leader's orders, the formation of B-17s (unarmed since they were just on a ferrying mission) scatters when they run into the Japanese aircraft, with the planes making for different airfields in hope of finding a safe place to land.



-->'''Hobo One:''' What a way to fly into a war. Unarmed and out of gas.

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-->'''Hobo One:''' -->'''Oboe Leader:''' What a way to fly into a war. Unarmed and out of gas.
5th Jun '17 2:34:47 PM madorosh
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* LetsSplitUpGang: Hobo Flight, a formation of unarmed B-17s arriving from California, scatters when they encounter the Japanese attack. Justified in this case, as the bombers are unarmed and have no escorts, so splitting up is their only hope of any of them surviving as a formation of unarmed bombers would be an irresistible target to the Japanese fighters.

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* LetsSplitUpGang: Hobo Oboe Flight, a formation of unarmed B-17s arriving from California, scatters when they encounter the Japanese attack. Justified in this case, as the bombers are unarmed and have no escorts, so splitting up is their only hope of any of them surviving as a formation of unarmed bombers would be an irresistible target to the Japanese fighters.
5th Jun '17 2:31:08 PM madorosh
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* ComingInHot: Hobo One's B-17 is unable to lower one of their landing gear due to damage from a Japanese fighter, so they bring it in on one wheel and drop the other wing right onto the pavement. Another B-17 attempts to land but is waved off because they've got a fighter on their tail.

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* ComingInHot: Hobo Oboe One's B-17 is unable to lower one of their landing gear due to damage from a Japanese fighter, so they bring it in on one wheel and drop the other wing right onto the pavement. Another B-17 attempts to land but is waved off because they've got a fighter on their tail.
11th Mar '17 11:24:30 PM Rmpdc
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** Averted with the B-17s coming in from San Diego. They're only on a transport run, so they have no extra crew, much less machine guns, to man.
11th Mar '17 11:24:43 AM fruitstripegum
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* FlatCharacter: One of the problems pointed out in reviews is that few of the people portrayed in the film get any backstory or character definition. Most of the main protagonists can be described in single words (Admiral Kimmel is worried, Admiral Yamamoto is brooding, and so on). The fact most of them are wearing military uniforms makes it hard to distinguish who's supposed to be who anyway unless you've studied the attack fairly thoroughly. The US cast consists almost entirely of character actors, reportedly because the producers felt that stars would distract from the documentary feel of the film.
* ForegoneConclusion: Textbook example.



* FlatCharacter: One of the problems pointed out in reviews is that few of the people portrayed in the film get any backstory or character definition. Most of the main protagonists can be described in single words (Admiral Kimmel is worried, Admiral Yamamoto is brooding, and so on). The fact most of them are wearing military uniforms makes it hard to distinguish who's supposed to be who anyway unless you've studied the attack fairly thoroughly. The US cast consists almost entirely of character actors, reportedly because the producers felt that stars would distract from the documentary feel of the film.
* ForegoneConclusion: Textbook example.
4th Mar '17 1:54:59 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CryingWolf: Decrypted Japanese diplomatic messages, plus observations of their military movements, lead the US military to think Hawaii and the Philippines are going to be attacked ... on 30 November, 1941. When an attack is predicted ''again'' a week later, there is an uphill battle to get anyone to take it seriously.



* CryingWolf: Decrypted Japanese diplomatic messages, plus observations of their military movements, lead the US military to think Hawaii and the Philippines are going to be attacked ... on 30 November, 1941. When an attack is predicted ''again'' a week later, there is an uphill battle to get anyone to take it seriously.
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