JAPAN'S LONGEST DAY
Friday, March 4 at
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Starring Toshirō Mifune, Chishū Ryū, Takashi Shimura
35mm print courtesy Japan Foundation. Approx. 157 min.
Relentlessly paced and rivetingly accurate account of the day of the surrender, with fanatical middle-level officers trying to take over Tokyo and thwart even the Emperor’s wishes. Mifune as the War Minister dominates a gigantic cast, with the cinema’s most graphic seppuku as the dramatic and horrific climax.