Japan's Longest Day

TitleJapan's Longest Day
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1968
AuthorsOkamoto, Kihachi
Running Time157 min
Date Released08/1968
DistributorToho Company
Publication Languagejapanese

Taking place over the course of August 15, 1941, this film documents the clash between the Japanese emperor and the Minister of the Army over World War II. Hirohito agrees with his ministers to surrender, but General Anami wants to fight until the end. Anami must choose between his loyalty to the emperor or his military that wants to launch a coup. 


Ryū Chishū

Yamamura Sō

Mifune Toshirō

Shimura Takashi

Kurosawa Toshio

Kayama Yūzō

Katō Daisuke

Nakadai Tatsuya (narrator)


Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka and Sanezumi Fujimoto

Directed by Kihachi Okamoto

Written by Shinobu Hashimoto

Based on the book by Soichi Oya

Music by Masaru Sato


War, History, Drama

Alternate TitleThe Emperor and the General
Original Publication日本のいちばん長い日
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