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Battle under Orion

Original Title:
真夏のオリオン
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The music to a song called Midsummer Orion, hand-copied by a Japanese woman.
Why, after 64 years, does it suddenly arrive from America?
The answer lies in a tale of love, of comradeship,
and of the bonds that join men throwing all their skill
and stamina into the final battle.

Story

The final days of World War II -- the ocean southeast of Okinawa. The Japanese last hope is entrusted on I-77, the last of the deployed submarines to strike at the U.S. Navy’s fuel-supply lines. Takayuki Kuramoto (Hiroshi Tamaki), Commander of the I-77 is up against Mike Stewart, the captain of the U.S. destroyer Percival who has the finest record in the U.S. Navy. As the I-77 and U.S. destroyer Percival begin a mutual hunt, the two captains bring all their knowledge and power to bear as, with lessening supplies of torpedoes and depth charges, they battle. Kuramoto, the lives of his young crew members in his charge, is forced by the difficulties of battle into a serious decision. With Midsummer Orion, a piece of music sheet, in his breast pocket, he sets out on a final battle that will mean life or death. August, 1945: the fuse is lit on a final battle to the limits of mind and body.

Cast

TAMAKI Hiroshi

KURAMOTO Takayuki

KITAGAWA Keiko

ARISAWA Shizuko / KURAMOTO Izumi

DOHCHIN Yoshikuni

ARISAWA Yoshihiko

Data

Director
SHINOHARA Tetsuo
Original Story
IKEGAMI Tsukasa
Producer
KAMEYAMA Keiji
KOTAKI Shohei
Screenplay
HASEGAWA Yasuo
IIDA Kenzaburo
Music
IWASHIRO Taro
Adaptation
FUKUI Harutoshi
Cinematography
OKADA Shunji
Production Design
KANEDA Katsumi
Editor
ABE Hirohide
Release Date in Japan
2009.06.13
Running time
119min
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