Oba: The Last Samurai

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Oba: The Last Samurai (2011)

Oba: The Last Samurai (Also known in Japan as 太平洋の奇跡−フォックスと呼ばれた男, Miracle of the Pacific: The Man Called Fox) is a 2011 Japanese-American war film based on the real life story of Captain Sakae Ōba (Yutaka Takenouchi), whom led a band of former IJA soldiers-turned guerrillas against the US Marines occupying Saipan.

The following weapons are seen in Oba: The Last Samurai:

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Sidearms

Colt M1911A1

Captain Lewis (Sean McGowan) and Lieutenant Lang (James Judd) use the Colt M1911A1 in combat.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Lieutenant Lang (James Judd) with his Colt M1911A1.
Captain Lewis (Sean McGowan) with his Colt M1911A1 during a firefight in a Prisoner of War camp.

FN Model 1910

Captain Sakae Ōba (Yutaka Takenouchi) can be seen with an FN Model 1910 sidearm at one scene. This is actually not unrealistic; Japanese officers often bought more reliable European pistols rather then domestic.

FN Model 1910 - .380 ACP
Captain Sakae Ōba (Yutaka Takenouchi) draws his FN Model 1910.
Captain Ōba takes aim with his Model 1910.

Nambu Type 14

A Japanese soldier can be seen using a Nambu Type 14 when leading a patrol.

Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm
A Japanese soldier armed with a Nambu Type 14 leads a patrol through the jungle.
The soldier aims his Nambu.

Walther PP

Captain Sakae Ōba (Yutaka Takenouchi) and other Japanese officers use the Walther PP. This is an odd choice, although it is possible that it was merely purchased as a custom sidearm from China. Many Japanese officers also bought their own sidearms over the standard issue Nambu.

Walther PP - .32 ACP
A wounded Japanese soldier commits suicide with a Walther PP.
Japanese soldiers armed with Walther PP pistols deliver the Coup de grâce to Japanese officers committing seppuku.
Captain Sakae Ōba (Yutaka Takenouchi) fires his Walther PP at US Marines.
Captain Ōba fires his Walther.

Submachine Guns

M1 Thompson

One of the US Marines can be seen firing an M1 Thompson during the Japanese banzai charge, distinguished by it's L-sight.

M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
A US Marines fires an M1 Thompson.
Close-up of the M1 Thompson.

M1A1 Thompson

Horiuchi (Toshiaki Karasawa), a Japanese guerrilla, uses an M1A1 Thompson. The weapon is also seen in the hands other other US Marines.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Sergeant Munroe (Harlan Glenn) fires his M1A1 Thompson.
Horiuchi (Toshiaki Karasawa) with his Thompson.
Captain Ōba gets a close-look at the barrel.
Horiuchi shows Chieko Aono (Mao Inoue) how to sight the M1A1 Thompson.
Horiuchi fires his Thompson...
...reloads...
...and let's loose, spraying and praying.
Horiuchi with his Thompson during a night raid.

Shotguns

Winchester Model 1912 "Trench Gun"

A US Marine can be seen with a Winchester Model 1912 "Trench Gun" on patrol.

Winchester Model 1912 "Trench Gun" - 12 Gauge
A US Marine on patrol wields a Winchester Model 1912 "Trench Gun".

Rifles

Arisaka Type 38

Several Japanese soldiers are armed with the Arisaka Type 38.

Arisaka Type 38 - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
IJA soldiers line up with Arisaka Type 38 rifles.
IJA soldiers open fire.
A Japanese soldier with an Arisaka 38.
Close-up of the Type 38.

Arisaka Type 99

The main weapon of the IJA troops is the Arisaka Type 99 last-ditch rifle.

Arisaka Type 99 - 7.7x58mm
Japanese soldiers moves into position with Type 99 rifles.
A Japanese soldier with a Type 99 gives the order to charge.
A Japanese soldier wielding a flag mounted on this Type 99 is shot down by a Marine.
A Japanese soldier ambushes a Marine patrol.
A Japanese soldier firing his Arisaka 99.
A Japanese sniper with an Arisaka Type 99.

M1 Garand

The main weapon of the US Marines in the film is the M1 Garand.

M1 Garand - .30-06
An M1 Garand lying in a foxhole.
A Marine takes aim with his M1.
Close-up of two M1 rifle barrels.
A Marine takes aim with his M1.
A Marine fires his M1 during an ambush.
Marines on patrol.
A Marine searches an empty hideout.
US Military Policemen fire their M1's.

M2 Carbine

US Marines and Japanese guerrillas use the anachronistic M2 Carbine with 15-round magazines.

M2 Carbine - .30 Carbine
A Marine armed with an M2 Carbine searches a Japanese soldier.
A Radioman with a slung M2 Carbine.
A Marine fires his Carbine at charging Japanese soldiers.
Lieutenant Lang (James Judd) fires his Carbine.
A US Marine aiming his Carbine. Note it appears to lack a magazine of any kind.
Captain Lewis (Sean McGowan) holds a Carbine.
A Japanese guerrilla fires his M2 Carbine.
Chieko Aono (Mao Inoue) reaches for an M2 Carbine.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919A4

A US Marine gun crew uses a Browning M1919A4 mounted on an M2 tripod to repel a Japanese banzai charge.

Browning M1919A4 mounted on M2 tripod - .30 Caliber
A Marine opens up with a Browning M1919A4.
Close-up of the barrel, spitting out rounds.

Browning M2HB

A Browning M2HB, mounted on an M3 tripod, can be seen in a Marine foxhole.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG
A Browning M2HB on an M3 tripod in a foxhole.

Type 99 Light Machine Gun

The Type 99 Light Machine Gun is used by Japanese soldiers. Chieko Aono (Mao Inoue) attempts to fire one in one scene, although it malfunctions.

Type 99 Light Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm Arisaka
A Type 99 Light Machine Gun mounted in the bunker.
The crew get obliterated by a shell.
Chieko Aono (Mao Inoue) grabs a Type 99.
Chieko struggling to lift the Type 99.
Chieko takes aim...
...but the weapon doesn't fire.

Flamethrowers

M1A1 Flamethrower

A US Marine can be seen with an M1A1 Flamethrower in one scene. Note that it appears to be strapped on upside-down.

M1A1 Flamethrower
A Marine on patrol with an M1A1 Flamethrower and upside down fuel-tanks.
The Marine burning out a bunker.

Grenades

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Horiuchi (Toshiaki Karasawa) uses a Mk 2 Hand Grenade. Note that it is painted yellow, although the yellow Mk 2 grenades had been phased out for olive-drab colors in 1942, two years before the Battle of Saipan.

Mk 2 High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
A highly conspicuous Mk 2 Hand Grenade hanging from Horiuchi's (Toshiaki Karasawa) belt.
Horiuchi primes the Mk 2.

Type 97 Hand Grenade

The Type 97 Hand Grenade is seen as a part of Japanese booby-traps.

Type 97 High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
A Type 97 Hand Grenade connected to a booby-trap.
Close-up of the Type 97.



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