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Japan's Longest Day

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Japan's Longest Day
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Movie Poster
Country Japan.jpg Japan
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Release Date August 12, 1967
Language Japanese
Main Cast
Character Actor
Minister of War Korechika Anami Toshiro Mifune
Prime Minister Kantarō Suzuki Chishu Ryu
Hiroshi Shimomura Takashi Shimura
Minister of the Navy Mitsumasa Yonai So Yamamura
Shigenori Tōgō Seiji Miyaguchi
Emperor Hirohito Matsumoto Koshiro VIII


Japan's Longest Day (日本のいちばん長い日, also known as The Emperor and the General) is a 1967 Japanese movie directed by Kihachi Okamoto that describes the events of the Kyūjō incident. After the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese cabinet decided on August 14, 1945, to surrender completely. But there is resistance in the military against the settlement of the hostilities, which is perceived as a shame. A group of officers and soldiers wants to stop the broadcast of the radio speech by Emperor Hirohito on August 15.


The following weapons were used in the film Japan's Longest Day:


Pistols

Nambu Type 14

Many Japanese officers are seen with Nambu Type 14 pistols.

Late Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
Officers fire their Nambu pistols.

FN Model 1910

The FN Model 1910 pistol is also used by Japanese officers including Major Kenji Hatanaka (Toshio Kurosawa), one of the chief conspirators in the Kyūjō incident.

FN Model 1910 -.380 ACP
Japanese officer on the left holds his FN pistol.
Major Hatanaka points his pistol at the NHK studio radio moderator's head.
The same situation during another scene.
Close-up of the trigger guard. Note the FN emblem on the right
After the failed coup, he takes his FN to his head
Moments before pulling the trigger.

Rifles

Arisaka Type 38

It seems that all Japanese soldiers are armed with Arisaka Type 38 rifles.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A guard presents his Arisaka to an officer.
Coup members hold their rifles at disarmed guards.
Inserting a 5-round 6.5x50mmSR stripper clip.
A view of two Type 30 bayonets.
A marching column in the background with shouldered Arisakas.

Machine Guns

Nambu Type 96

Some Type 96 light machine guns are used by Japanese troops.

Type 96 Light Machine Gun (minus magazine) - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Two gunners open fire at a Minister's house.
Closer view of one of the Type 96.
Another close-up.

Type 92

Type 92 heavy machine guns are also used by Japanese soldiers.

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun 7.7x58mm SR
Coup members getting the Type 92 in position.
The prepared machine gun.

Type 97 Aircraft

Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" fighters are armed with Type 97 Aircraft Machine Gunss.

Type 97 aircraft machine gun - 7.7x56mm R
A box of a Type 97 can be seen in the cockpit.

Type 99 Cannon

Wing-mounted Type 99s can be seen on the same aircarft.

Type 99 cannon aircraft variants, top an earlier Type 99 Mark 1 Model 3 - 20x72mm RB, bottom a later Type 99 Mark 2 Model 3 - 20x101mm RB
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