Wings of Defeat

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Director: LINDA HOAGLUND & RISA MORIMOTO

By the spring of 1945, all Japanese planes were assigned to kamikaze (Tokkotai) attacks — and while thousands of pilots perished, hundreds of kamikaze pilots survived, often stranded from impossible missions by old or failed airplane engines.

Sixty years later, interviews with Japanese pilots now in their 80s, reveal the military government’s brutal tactics and unrealistic expectations in the last phase of WWII, when defeat was inevitable. Hoaglund and Morimoto’s very moving fi lm of pilots’ own accounts “… subverts all Western preconceptions of these infamous fl yers, while providing a modern resonance regarding
the dangers of fanaticism and militarism.”

— Denis Sequin, Screen Daily (With obvious allusions to Iraq)

JAPAN/USA • 2007 • 90 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: LINDA HOAGLUND & RISA MORIMOTO

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