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For Those We Love tells Kamikaze story

JapaneseZero.jpgOre wa, kimi no tame ni koso shini ni iku (For Those We Love) is a film that tackles a controversial subject, perhaps more controversial these days through incorrect association with the modern day subject of suicide bombers, for the film looks at World War II Kamikaze pilots.

The film was written and Executive Produced by none other than the Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara and directed by Taku Shinjo. It stars Keiko Kishi as a woman who becomes a surrogate mother to many of these pilots as her restaurant becomes a favourite haunt for these doomed and idealistic pilots.

According to Variety the film has already opened very strongly in the Japanese box office and it is expected to reach over US$17 million.

Ishihara told the press that the film is not a glorification of the kamikaze pilots, but more...

"...an ensemble youth drama with an antiwar message," he continued. "There are those foreigners who confuse the kamikaze pilots with suicide bombers, but I want them to know that they are completely different."

Apart from a few war films, such as the incredible Tora! Tora! Tora!, I've never seen these revered group of pilots looked into, other than their final moments within the plane. I think seeing these men before they board the plane could make for an interesting film, and I'll be hoping that we see For Those We Love internationally.

Is the film something you would be interested in seeing? Do you want to know more about these pilots and who they were as people?



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