A hugely popular and superbly capable ensemble cast is directed by multi Japanese Academy Award winning director, Takashi Yamazaki ("friends NAKI ON THE MONSTER ISLAND").
Since its publication in 2006, word of mouth pushed the intensely moving accounts of a Kamikaze pilot's final days, "The Eternal Zero" by Naoki Hyakuta into becoming a publishing phenomenon with over 4.5 million copies in print. When the book came to the attention of multi-award-winning director Takashi Yamazaki, the pathos of the central pilot's sacrifice in the final days of World War Ⅱ inspired him to create a movie adaptation. He selected extraordinarily talented and unique ensemble casts, among them Junichi Okada as the central pilot character, Kyuzo Miyabe, Haruma Miura as Kentaro, the grandson on the trail of his long-lost grandfather and Mao Inoue as Miyabe's wife, Matsuno. Other members of the ensemble are Gaku Hamada, Hirofumi Arai, Shota Sometani, Takahiro Miura, Tatsuya Ueda, Kazue Fukiishi, Min Tanaka, Gaku Yamamoto, Jun Fubuki, Mikijiro Hira, Isao Hashizume and Isao Natsuyagi. The original author was also deeply impressed by the finished film, hailing it as a "fantastic masterpiece that even had me in tears".
A sterling cast, a top-notch crew and an award-winning director bring you the incredibly moving “The Eternal Zero”.
Kentaro Saeki (Haruma Miura) has failed his bar exam again. Unsure of his way in life, he then learns at his grandmother's funeral that his grandfather he thought of as a blood relative was none of the sort. His real grandfather, Kyuzo Miyabe (Junichi Okada), perished at the end of the World War Ⅱ in a last minute Kamikaze mission at the controls of his Zero fighter.
Kentaro embarks on a search for the identity of his real grandfather. However, his visits to war veteran colleagues of his grandfather yield only the grim report that he was the biggest coward in the whole navy. It appears that despite being a matchless pilot, he was more focused on making it home than taking part in combat. When the dogfights developed, he opted to avoid getting caught up in them and flew away. His motivation turns out to have been the singular promise he made to his wife Matsuno (Mao Inoue) to return home to the family at any cost. The big mystery is then why such a man would volunteer for a Kamikaze mission? As Kentaro draws nearer to those who took part in the final events of Miyabe's life, he learns just what drove the man. In this way, the message that Miyabe committed to with his life, is finally bequeathed to a new generation. The question then becomes one of whether Kentaro will accept what the past has to tell him or not.
- YAMAZAKI Takashi
- Original Story
- HYAKUTA Naoki
- YAMAZAKI Takashi
- SATO Naoki
- Theme Song
- Southern All Stars
- Release Date in Japan
- Running time
- 144 min