Battle of the Pacific

6 min

June 15th, 1944.

The U.S. military invades Saipan and the

Northern Mariana's group of islands.

The marines moved ashore, establishing

themselves on the Southwest coast.

On their way, taking control of the island.

Under Japanese control Saipan is

called home by 20,000 of its citizens.

And defended by over 30,000 highly trained

members of the Imperial fighting forces.

Though one of the most strategically important

of the Japanese strongholds in the Pacific

Saipan's defenses folded

Under the onslaught of

the American war machines,

numbering over 70,000 strong.

In the ensuing battle the majority

of the Japanese defenders are annihilated.

And the survivors flee to Mount Tapochau.

Located at the centre of the island.

Taiheiyou no Kiseki ~ Fox to Yobareta Otoko

(Miracle in Pacific The man called Fox)

Keep your heads down! Down!

Medic! Medic!


I'll go.


- Ammo!

- We're out!



Enemy planes! Stay put!

It burns!

Hey! Naito!


Unbeknownst to the Japanese on the island

The Imperial navy suffers a humiliating

defeat in the seas off of the Mariana's

Leaving the Imperial command no choice

but to abandon the defense of Saipan.

The uninformed defenders

however continued to fight.

Believing in the inevitable victory

of their hallowed Imperial forces

And their nation.

Get outta the way!

Get a move on!

Clear the way!

Pull this thing over! C'mon

move outta the way!

Sorry 'bout that! Captain!

Carry on!

C'mon! C'mon!

Get outta the road!

Hey! Clear the way!

God damn many Japs!

This time tomorrow! The camp's

gotten be overflown in no time!

Just a few days, those yellow monkeys

in the mountains are gonna be history.

You know their orders are

to stop us no matter what.

These Japanese soldiers are tough.

They don't give up.

You have no idea what

you're talking about, Corporal.

I advise you to keep

your opinions to yourself.

Right, sir.

Dammit! Watch it!

Hey! Take it easy, Corporal!

Or I'm taking the jeep and

you're walking. You read me?!

Yes, sir.

Are you alright?


- I should've stopped.

- Look. They're just Japs, sir.

They'll be fine.

Every Japanese knows there's only

once in a lifetime to be sincere.

What's that mean, sir?

The Japanese treasure every

meeting for if it may never recur.

If you pay attention. You might actually

learn something while you're here.

Where'd you learn your lingo, sir?

You date a Jap girlfriend

or something?

I studied in Japan for two years.

Unfortunately, I never got around

having a girlfriend.

Bet you wanted to.

Keep your eyes on the road mister.

Yes, sir.

The remaining troops are to

evacuate immediately to Mt. Tapochau.

Our Imperial Japanese Army...

Of the 43rd, division. Under the command of His

Excellency Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito.

Will prevail til the end.

We will hold til the 4th of July.

What did the Imperial command say?

Victory finally.

The enemy will finally see our wrath.

Command requires that only the capable

and healthy go to Mt. Tapochau.

Those unwell are to stand down.

That is all!

Hold him tight!

Hold on!

Hurts doesn't it?

I understand.

Do it!


I do not wish to

go to Mt. Tapochau.

I would like to stay and

perish here.

With my unit.

Please grant my wish.

You're Lewis?

Yes, sir.

Have a seat, Captain. We're

not that formal here.

Not in this damn place...

Thank you, sir.

I hear you speak Japanese.

Well, the Japanese would say otherwise.

I know the basics, sir.

Where're you from?

Boston, sir.

So you're a Ivy Leaguer, huh?

You could say that.

I'll try not to hold it against you.

I need your help, Lewis.

I don't understand these Japs.

This ah...

Bushido suicide thing...

It's ah...

Well! It's crazy.

Well, It's ah... it's a matter of pride.

It's a way of thinking. They've been

nurturing in their heads for centuries.

What? Killing themselves?

Are you..

Are you familiar with

these, sir.

Can't say that I am. What are they?

Some kinda...

Jap lucky charms?

No, sir.

They're shoji pieces.

They're Japanese chess pieces

if you will.

They all look the same

except for the writing inside.



The only thing that differentiates

your pieces from mine,

is the direction they're facing on the board.

Get to the point, Captain.

Yes sir.

Unlike our chess

If I were to take one

of your pieces.

I don't hold onto it waiting

for you to reclaim it.

I just simply turn it around.

And use it against you.

As part of my army.

What the hell does that have

to do with them killing themselves!?

The Japanese put a high price

on loyalty to one's master.

If one were to be

taken prisoner.

It would be expected behaviour

for them to serve the new lord...

With equal loyalty.

Now if that were true.

Why wouldn't they just surrender

and come fight on our side?

Well, sir.

If they were to be taken prisoner there's a chance

they could end up betraying their emperor.

So they choose to die.

Instead of taking the

chance that might happen.

You see, sir, the Japanese...


I didn't come here to

play f***ing chess.

Now if these Japs want to die

I'll be more than happy to oblige them.

Honorably or otherwise.

I just want to get this

damn war over with.

Are we clear?

Crystal clear, sir.


She's running a fever.



Man the machinegun!

Quickly! Get up!


There's the entrance!

You're up! Frag that cave!

Now he throws it in!

Merry Christmas! Nips!

Hold it!

- Cover the entrance!

- Got it!

Cave's clear!

- Are they dead?

- Go in and find out?

- I'm not going in there.

- Get in there!

- Go on!

- Get in there. Check him out!

- Check those pockets!

- I don't have all day.

Get those souvenirs, watches...

What've you got?

Got one!

- Move out!

- Yeah! yeah!

- I want a belly band!

- What's a belly band?

Give it.

I have two children of my own.

Follow me.

We need to stock

up on supplies.

Don't we have enough?

We need to stock up on more.

Later we won't have a chance.

Naval command's not ready,

so continue to hold.

We'll wait for the combined

fleet to recapture the island.

Arrival of the combined

fleet won't be long.

Who is this?

My subordinate.

Even without naval support?

We are going to fight?!

- Insolence!

- Quiet!

Keep silent.

Captain, I will tell the

rest tonight.

That even without naval support

I am not afraid to die.

I want to win the war.

As do I!


You just want to die.

That's not true.

Dying may be necessary.

But not unnecessary sacrifice.

Death will not ensure our victory!

We must kill as many enemies as we

can to ensure our army's victory!

Bear that in mind!

I am addressing the officers and men

to the Imperial Army on Saipan.

For more than twenty days since

the American devils attacked,

the officers, men and civilian employees of

the Imperial Army and Navy on this island.

Have fought well and bravely.

I expected...

that every man would

do his duty.

Heaven has not given us

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