Rengō Kantai Shirei Chōkan: Yamamoto Isoroku (2011 film)

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Rengō Kantai Shirei Chōkan: Yamamoto Isoroku
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Film poster
Directed by Izuru Narushima
Produced by Shōhei Kotaki
Written by Yasuo Hasegawa
Kenzaburō Iida
Starring Kōji Yakusho
Hiroshi Abe
Mitsugorō Bandō
Music by Taro Iwashiro
Release dates
  • 23 December 2011 (2011-12-23) (Japan)
Running time
140 min
Language Japanese
Box office $17,041,086[1]

Rengō Kantai Shirei Chōkan: Yamamoto Isoroku –Taiheiyō Sensō Nanajūnenme no Shinjitsu– (Japanese: 聯合艦隊司令長官 山本五十六 -太平洋戦争70年目の真実-?) is a 2011 Japanese war drama film about Isoroku Yamamoto. The film is also known in English as Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet and Admiral Yamamoto – The Untold Story of the Pacific War.[2]


The film presents a non-fictional account of Yamamoto's later life, particularly his attempts to prevent the impending conflict with the United States amid World War II and his run-ins with Japanese war hawks. The Japanese military establishment entangles Yamamoto in the war and orders him to prepare the attack on Pearl Harbor.



The making of the film lasted four years.[3] Kōji Yakusho was reportedly the only actor considered for the role of Yamamoto and the film would have been canceled if he turned it down.[3] Yakusho was offered the role in the summer of 2009, and accepted the role in the winter of 2010. The production staff declared it intended to present an image of "what a Japanese leader should be".[3]


Rob Schwartz from Metropolis described the film as a "well-paced and well-acted work", which "is not a bad watch for those interested in a Japanese view of the war".[4] Schwartz further noted that unlike the 1968 film with the same title, which "was a piece of propaganda", the 2011 film "doesn’t fall into that trap".[4] Ronnie Scheib from Variety characterised the film as "Izuru Narushima's well-crafted, rather old-fashioned and unquestioning elegy" to Yamamoto, which "succeeds where many biopics fail in fully integrating the private man and the public figure".[5]


  1. ^ "Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku". Box Office Mojo. 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Admiral Yamamoto". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Yakusho Koji portrays WWII naval commander Yamamoto Isoroku". TokyoGraph. May 14, 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Rob Schwartz (Jan 5, 2012). "Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku". Metropolis. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Ronnie Scheib (09.11.12). "Admiral Yamamoto". Variety. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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