Film / Zero
Zero Fighter Burns
, known internationally as Zero
, is a 1984 war film directed by Toshio Masuda with special effects by Koichi Kawakita.
The story of the World War II
-era Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Japan's most used fighter plane during the war. Told through the eyes of the young pilots and the engineers who support them, documenting the initial development of the Zero, the trump card of the Imperial Japanese Navy when introduced, to its downfall at the hands of a much more powerful military rival.
Not to be confused with the 2012 short subject.
Tropes that describe Zero:
- Anachronism Stew: Despite many accurate depictions of things other Japanese war films get wrong, the film has modern Honda trucks show up in a few scenes, and, most egregiously, in a scene with American military strategists discussing the Zero, a black pilot is seen. At the time the film takes place, African Americans were not allowed to serve in desegregated units.
- Douglas Macarthur: Appears in one scene, played by Bill Ross and spouts out a pretty memorable line. "Fighters? The Japs couldn't even make a decent automobile!"
- Strangled by the Red String: Can be considered a deconstruction of this trope as Mizushima and Hamada's friendship is ultimately torn apart by the love triangle, and in the end only Mizushima is alive out of the three.