Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean
|Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean|
|Directed by||Shinji Higuchi|
|Produced by||Chihiro Kameyama|
|Written by||Harutoshi Fukui
|Music by||Naoki Sato|
|Release date(s)||March 5, 2005|
|Running time||128 min.|
Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean (ローレライ Rōrerai?) is a 2005 Japanese film directed by Shinji Higuchi. A fictional story of the Japanese military saving Tokyo from the third atomic bomb during the waning days of the Second World War, it was the highest-grossing film in Japan during the week of its release.
The story of "Lorelei", based on a best-selling novel written by Harutoshi Fukui, is a departure from the last 50 years of Japanese cinema by weaving a tale using a "what if" fictional narrative with a tip of the hat to modern manga storylines and styles.
In the last months of the Second World War, the Empire of Japan receives a final gift from the collapsing Nazi Germany: the I-507, a highly advanced submarine equipped with experimental technology.
The mission, as revealed by the grim Chief of Staff Asakura (Shinichi Tsutsumi) following the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is to intercept U.S. ships transporting a third nuclear weapon to Tinian Island, the principal base from which American B-29s are striking the Japanese home Islands. The man charged with the mission is Commander Masami (Yakusho Koji) - a brilliant destroyer of enemy ships relieved of his command when he opposed the Navy's increasing reliance on suicide tactics. Given a last chance to redeem himself, he is burning with zeal, but is ignorant of the various secrets the I-507 carries on board.
Once at sea, Lt. Takasu (Ken Ishiguro), the owlish technician in charge of the imaging system, refuses to tell Masami what it is or how it works. Masami also discovers that two crew members belong to the "kaiten" suicide corps. He has no idea why they are there, and neither, for the moment, do they.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy is tracking the I-507 with more than usual interest. A teenaged girl (Yu Kashi) is part of the master plan and one of the minisub pilots (Satoshi Tsumabuki) becomes her protector.
- Toshiro Yanagiba - Kizaki Toshiro
- Yu Kashii - Paula Atsuko Ebner
- Shin'ichi Tsutsumi - Asakura Ryokitsu
- Ken Ishiguro - Narumi Takasu
- Isao Hashizume - Sadamoto Nishimiya
- Masato Ibu - Eitaro Narazaki
- Takaya Kamikawa - Man
- Kreva - Shunpei Komatsu
- Jun Kunimura - Matoi Tokioka
- Takehiko Ono - Shichigoro Iwamura
- Shugo Oshinari
- Ryuta Sato - Kikuo Kiyonaga
- Pierre Taki - Tokutaro Taguchi
- Yoshiyuki Tomino - Ouwada
- Shingo Tsurumi - Sankichi Oominato