Giovanni's Island

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Giovanni's Island
Anime Poster
Country Japan.jpg
Directed by Toshihiko Nishikubo
Release Date February 22, 2014
Language Japanese
Studio Production I.G
Distributor Warner Bros.
Main Cast
Character Actor

Giovanni's Island (ジョバンニの島 Joban'ni no Shima) is a 2014 anime movie directed by Toshihiko Nishikubo. Shortly after the end of World War II on an island in the north of Japan: Junpei lives together with his younger brother Kanta, his father and his grandfather on this island. The everyday life of the inhabitants was carefree and peaceful until one day the Red Army came to the island and occupied it. Houses are confiscated and food threatens to become scarce. At school, the boys meet Tanya, the daughter of a Russian soldier. Despite cultural differences and language barrier, a friendship develops between the girl and Junpei. But when his father is deported to a Soviet labor camp for helping the starving population, a world collapses for the children. In the midst of the harsh winter, the two brothers embark on an arduous journey to find their father again.

The following weapons were used in the film Giovanni's Island:



Tokarev TT-33

The Soviet Major uses a Tokarev TT-33 pistol to arrest Junpei's father.

Tokarev TT-33 7.62x25mm Tokarev with wide slide serrations (pre-1947 version)
The Tokarev in the Major's holster.
He holds it on Junpei's father.
Full view of the scene.

Submachine Guns


Soviet soldiers use PPSh-41s with 35-round stick magazines.

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun with 35-round stick magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet soldiers storm the beach of the island on September 1, 1945.
A soldier holds the PPSh-41.
The same soldier aims at Sawako and Junpei.
View on the front sight.
A Soviet sailor holds the PPSh-41.


Mosin-Nagant M44 Carbine

The Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine is also used by Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet soldiers march with their carbines.
A soldier holds his M44 with bayonet at civilians.
The same soldier goes out of the hut.

Arisaka Type 38

Some Arisaka Type 38 rifles are seen in Soviet jeeps as the Japanese "Dawn Corps" is disarmed.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
The Major drives the jeep.
Another jeep with Arisaka rifles.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov-Shpagin DShK

The DShK heavy machine gun is mounted on Soviet boats.

DShK on naval mounting - 12.7x108mm
A soldier mans the DshK.

Unknown Twin Machine Gun

A twin machine gun is seen among the Arisaka rifles in the second jeep. It could also be a Type 4 20 mm twin AA machine cannon.

The mg behind the Soviet soldier.


76.2 mm/55 (3") 34-K Pattern 1935

A 76.2 mm/55 (3") 34-K Pattern 1935 naval gun is mounted on the Soviet ship.

The gun fires a warning shot.

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun

A ZiS-3 Divisional Guns is pointed at the village.

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun - 76mm
Junpei looks at the Zis-3 as the Soviet reached the school.
The Divisional Gun pointed at the village.

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