Tora! Tora! Tora!

Synopsis: This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. As United States and Japanese relations strain over the U.S. embargo of raw materials, Air Staff Officer Minoru Genda (Tatsuya Mihashi) plans the preemptive strike against the United States. Although American intelligence agencies intercept Japanese communications hinting at the attack, they are unwilling to believe such a strike could ever occur on U.S. soil.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporat
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
144 min

l hope our new Commander-in-Chief

isn't the coward they say he is.

Whatever they say, Yamamoto is

the kind of leader we need.

He believes in the value

of the airplane.

But why a Vice-Navy Minister

for such an important position?

Maybe the climate in Tokyo was

detrimental to Yamamoto's health.

The Army is against him for

opposing their policies.

So he runs away to sea. Now he

has the entire fleet to guard him.

This order makes you


The Imperial fleet consists of--

Save your breath, Yoshida.

Those details are in the documents.

You haven't changed!

With the Army controlling politics...

...your job as Navy Minister

will be difficult.

Thank God you're here.

We know your life

has been threatened.

l'm not that easy to kill.

Army hotheads are demanding

an alliance with Germany.

That would be tragic for Japan.

As Navy Minister l will...

...continue to fight with the Army.

You are our last hope, Yoshida.

The Navy must stand firm

against the alliance.

America is against the war

we are waging in China...

...and angry that we are

negotiating with the Germans.

Now we are threatened with an embargo

of the raw materials we need.

Either we improve relations with the U.S.

and withdraw from China...

...or find another source of

raw materials here in Indo-China.

Why worry about threats

from America?

President Roosevelt's attention

is on Europe...

...where Germany is winning a

quick victory over the Allied Armies.

Now is the time to strike.

The British, the Dutch and the French

are withdrawing their forces...

...from Southeast Asia to

strengthen their armies in Europe.

We must be careful.

The Americans have an Army

in the Philippines...

...and they have moved their Pacific

Fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor.

Yes, and that fleet is a knife

leveled at Japan's throat.

The Japanese ambassador just arrived.

He should be up shortly.

Thank you.

The Japanese are stalling, Henry.

You know that.

When Nomura took over as ambassador...

... l had some hopes of settling

our differences.

But our meetings so far

have been unproductive.

He brings me proposals,

l offer compromises.

He brings me counterproposals,

and so on.

l tell you, Henry,

Nomura was sent here to buy time.

That's what he's doing,

at our expense.

The president believes him to be...

...a man we can trust and deal with.

Mr. Ambassador, we meet again.

lt is always a pleasure.

l assume you know Mr. Stimson,

the head of our War Department.

Oh, yes, of course.

Mr. Ambassador.

l do hope, Mr. Stimson...

...your presence here

does not indicate anything ominous.

Of course not, Mr. Nomura.

Mr. Nomura, won't you please sit down?

Thank you.

Well, since our last talk

a week ago...

... l have received certain...

...shall we say...

...questions from my government... put to you to clarify certain matters.

Good morning, colonel.

There it is.

This machine lets us intercept

every word between Tokyo...

...and all Japanese embassies.

The coded material is fed

into that machine.

lt goes round and round in there...

...and comes out here,

decoded in Japanese.

All we have to do is translate it.

We decode this quicker than

the Japanese embassy...

...right here in Washington.

No wonder you decided to call it

"Operation Magic."

- The latest intercept, sir.

- Thank you.

Things are getting a little hotter

in the Pacific.

As long as we're sharing

this assignment...

...take a look at this.

Behold the 12 apostles.

The chosen few are authorized

to see the magic intercepts.

Hap Arnold, Chief of the Air Corps,

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