Eagle of the Pacific

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Eagle of the Pacific
Taiheiyo no washi poster.jpg
Original Japanese movie poster
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Sojiro Motoki
Written by Shinobu Hashimoto
Starring Denjirō Ōkōchi
Music by Yūji Koseki
Distributed by Toho
Release date
October 21, 1953 (Japan)
Running time
119 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Eagle of the Pacific (太平洋の鷲?, Taiheiyo no washi) a.k.a. Operation Kamikaze is a 1953 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Ishirō Honda. The film dramatizes the start of Japan's military action in World War II, with an emphasis on the role of Isoroku Yamamoto.[1]


Also starring:


Toho intended Eagle of the Pacific to be an ambitious, Hollywood-style film. The studio used storyboarding to plan the visual effects sequences, a technique they would repeat on Godzilla.[2]

One scene required a Zero fighter plane and its pilot to catch fire. The pilot was played by a stuntman named Haruo Nakajima, who Honda later cast as Godzilla.[1]


Eagle in the Pacific grossed 163 million yen, the third highest total for a Japanese film in 1953.[3]


The film was released on DVD in Japan in 2005.[4]


  1. ^ a b Brothers, Peter (2009). Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda. AuthorHouse. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-4490-2771-1. 
  2. ^ Ragone, August (2007). Eiji Tsuburaya: master of monsters : defending the earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and friends in the golden age of Japanese science fiction film. Chronicle Books. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-8118-6078-9. 
  3. ^ Igarashi, Yoshikuni (2000). Bodies of memory: narratives of war in postwar Japanese culture, 1945-1970. Princeton University Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-691-04912-0. 
  4. ^ "Taiheiyō no washi (DVD video, 2005) [WorldCat.org]". WorldCat.org. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

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