Japan's War in Colour


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Mature Audience

Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

NOTE: Contains war footage.

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Includes :-
-"The Last Bomb" - a 35 minute US government film, which includes reconstruction and original colour footage
-Exclusive colour footage showing the Battle for Iwo Jima, the devastation caused to Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the dropping of atomic bombs, and scenes from post-war Japan
-"Restoring Film" - a segment illustrating the complex process to restore film to its original quality
-"The Power of Sound" - a piece on composer Chris Elliott with extracts revealing the importance of sound and a sample of five original Chris Elliott tracks
-Interactive maps
-The diary of a Japanese soldier
-A stills gallery

Using never-before-seen footage, Japans War In Colour tells a previously untold story. It recounts the history of the Second World War from a Japanese perspective, combining original colour film with letters and diaries written by Japanese people. It tells the story of a nation at war from the diverse perspectives of those who lived through it: the leaders and the ordinary people, the oppressors and the victims, the guilty and the innocent. Until recently, it was believed that no colour film of Japan existed prior to 1945. But specialist research has now unearthed a remarkable colour record from as early as the 1930s. Examples of these extraordinary scenes include Imperial Japanese troops in Manchuria, the visit of Prince Chichibu - Emperor Hirohitos brother - to Britain and his meeting with Adolf Hitler, Japanese aggression in China, unique colour film of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and vibrant scenes of life on the Japanese home front. For eight years the Japanese fought what they believed was a Holy War that became a fight to the death. Japans War In Colour shows how militarism took hold of the Japanese people; describes why Japan felt compelled to attack the West; explains what drove the Japanese to resist the Allies for so long; and, finally, reveals how they dealt with the shame of defeat.
Release date NZ
April 23rd, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Mono
  • Documentary
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