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Giovanni's Island

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Giovanni's Island
Anime Poster
Country Japan.jpg Japan
Directed by Toshihiko Nishikubo
Release Date February 22, 2014
Language Japanese
Studio Production I.G
Distributor Warner Bros.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Junpei Senō Kōta Yokoyama
Kanta Senō Junya Taniai
Tatsuo Senō Masachika Ichimura
Tanya Polina Ilyushenko

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 barriers, 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 is seen with a Tokarev TT-33 pistol in his holster, that he uses to arrest Junpei's father.

Tokarev TT-33 7.62x25mm Tokarev with wide slide serrations (pre-1947 version)
The Tokarev in the holster as the Major makes his way to Sawako and Junpei.
Later in a rainy dark night, he points it at Tatsuo what offers a detailed view of the TT-33.
A distant view of the same scene that is watched by his son.

Submachine Guns


The majority of Soviet soldiers are armed with PPSh-41s equipped with 35-round stick magazines.

PPSh-41 with 35-round stick magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet soldiers storming the beach of Shikotan island on September 1, 1945. Although the armistice had already been announced on August 15, the Red Army continued the advance of Japanese occupied territory and some of its homeland until the very last before the signing of unconditional surrender on September 2.
A NCO officer with two other soldiers interrupt the lesson wields his PPSh-41.
The officer aims at Sawako and Junpei forcing the class to leave the school building.
Sawako rushes in front of Junpei to protect him.
One of his soldiers finds it funny that the Major solved the math task.
A Soviet sailor stands with his PPSh-41.
Another soldier carries his PPSh over his back.


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
Junpei, Kanta, and other children watch passing Soviet soldiers armed with Mosin-Nagant carbines.
A soldier threatens civilians with the unfolded bayonet of his M44.
The same soldier coming out of the hut.

Arisaka Type 38

Some Arisaka Type 38 rifles are seen in Soviet GAZ-67 jeeps after disarming the remaining Japanese soldiers of the "Dawn Corps".

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A large amount of Arisakas on the back of the jeep. The Major can be seen sitting on the passenger seat.
Another jeep with captured rifles follows the column of prisoners.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov-Shpagin DShK

A DShK heavy machine gun is seen mounted on a Soviet landing craft.

DShK on naval mounting - 12.7x108mm
The DShK manned by a soldier in the background.

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 right behind the Soviet soldier.


Douglas SBD Dauntless

Several American Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive bombers are seen attacking the city of Nemuro before the armistice.


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

What appears to be a 76.2 mm/55 (3") 34-K Pattern 1935 naval gun is mounted on the Soviet ship.

The gun fires a warning shot.
The gun is seen again during the second shot.

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

A 76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) is set up to point at the village.

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun - 76mm
Junpei and his classmates looks at the Zis-3 as the Soviet reached the school.
Rear view of the same gun.

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