Oba: The Last Samurai
|Oba: The Last Samurai|
|Directed by||Hideyuki Hirayama|
|Based on||Oba, The Last Samurai
by Don Jones
|Music by||Takashi Kako|
Oba: The Last Samurai (太平洋の奇跡 –フォックスと呼ばれた男 – Taiheiyō no kiseki: Fokkusu to yobareta otoko, i.e. Miracle of the Pacific: The Man Called Fox), also known as Miracle of the Pacific, Battle of the Pacific and Codename: Fox, is a 2011 Japanese World War II Pacific War drama film directed by Hideyuki Hirayama and based on the true story of Captain Sakae Ōba, who together with his survivors held out on the island of Saipan for 512 days.
During the Battle of Saipan, on 7 July 1944, Captain Sakae Ōba partakes in a final banzai charge against the United States Marine Corps on the island of Saipan. It is the largest banzai charge of the Pacific War, but fails, resulting in over 4,000 Japanese deaths after 15 hours of close combat. American forces declare the island secure on 9 July, while Ōba and a handful of survivors retreat into the jungle and begin a guerrilla-style war using Mount Tapochau as a base due to its natural defensive position and prominent heights overlooking every possible approach.
With only 46 soldiers and 200 civilians at his disposal, Ōba (nicknamed "the Fox" by the Americans due to his cunning strategy) holds out for 512 days before surrendering on 1 December 1945, having lasted three months after Japan's capitulation following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ōba marches down from the mountain with his remaining survivors singing a song of departure to fallen comrades and presents his sword to the American commander in a formal and dignified manner, the last organized resistance of Japanese forces of the Second World War.
- Yutaka Takenouchi as Captain Sakae Ōba
- Sean McGowan as Captain Lewis
- Mao Inoue as Chieko Aono
- Takayuki Yamada as Toshio Kitani
- Tomoko Nakajima as Haruko Okuno
- Yoshinori Okada as Saburo Bito
- Sadao Abe as Suekichi Motoki
- Daniel Baldwin as Colonel Pollard
- Treat Williams as Colonel Wessinger
- Toshiaki Karasawa as Horiuchi