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Typical documentary scene
of destruction caused
by kamikaze attacks [1]

 
Films - Lists

The following lists relate to films on Japan's special attack forces.

Best Documentaries (in English)

The following list ranks documentaries in terms of the following factors: historical accuracy and completeness, insights into feelings and motivations of participants, images, script and narration, and sound effects. Please note that this ranking refers to the documentaries' coverage of special attack forces, including aerial kamikaze attacks. Some documentaries, such as The World at War and Victory at Sea, cover a very broad scope, so this listing is not meant to be an evaluation of the entire documentary series. Only the first five films listed below are recommended. The others have significant shortcomings in their coverage of special attack forces, especially with regard to completeness and historical accuracy.

  1. Timewatch: Kamikaze
  2. Dogfights: Kamikaze
  3. Battle Line: Okinawa
  4. Kamikaze: Mission of Death
  5. War Stories with Oliver North: Attack of the Japanese Midget Subs!
  6. Day of the Kamikaze / Eyewitness Kamikaze
  7. Sinking the Supership
  8. Japan's War in Colour
  9. Kamikaze in Color
  10. The World at War
  11. D-Days in the Pacific: The Final Graveyard
  12. Okinawa: The Last Battle
  13. The Fleet That Came to Stay
  14. Hero Ships: USS Laffey
  15. Untold Stories of WWII: Three Secrets that Changed the War
  16. No Surrender: German and Japanese Kamikazes
  17. Victory at Sea
  18. Great Blunders of WWII: The Failure of the Kamikaze
  19. Gladiators of World War II: The Kamikazes
  20. Typhoon at Okinawa
  21. Kamikaze: Death From the Sky
  22. Kamikaze: To Die For the Emperor
    Kamikaze / War in the Pacific
    (same as above but with different title)
  23. Carriers: Kamikaze
  24. S.O.S. Catastrophe: Typhoons and Kamikaze
  25. Kamikaze
  26. Suicide Attack

Documentaries (in English) by Original Release Year

The year shown in the list below represents the year the documentary originally was released. For example, Battle Line was a weekly program on network TV in 1963, so this year has been shown rather than 1991, the year Time-Life Video released the program videos.

1945    The Fleet That Came to Stay
1950    Suicide Attack
1952    Victory at Sea
1961    Kamikaze
1963    Battle Line: Okinawa
1973    The World at War
1980    Kamikaze: Mission of Death
1982    Typhoon at Okinawa
1989    Kamikaze: Death From the Sky
1990    Carriers: Kamikaze
1991    Kamikaze: To Die For the Emperor
   Kamikaze / War in the Pacific (same as above but with different title)
1995    Okinawa: The Last Battle
     Timewatch: Kamikaze
1998    Great Blunders of WWII: The Failure of the Kamikaze
   S.O.S. Catastrophe: Typhoons and Kamikaze
   Untold Stories of WWII: Three Secrets that Changed the War
2001    Gladiators of World War II: The Kamikazes
2002    Kamikaze in Color
   War Stories with Oliver North: Attack of the Japanese Midget Subs!
2003    Japan's War in Colour
     No Surrender: German and Japanese Kamikazes
2004    D-Days in the Pacific: The Final Graveyard
2005    Sinking the Supership
2007    Day of the Kamikaze / Eyewitness Kamikaze
2008    Dogfights: Kamikaze
     Hero Ships: USS Laffey

My Favorite Japanese Films on Kamikaze Pilots
  1. Gekkō no Natsu (Summer of the Moonlight Sonata)
  2. Ningen no Tsubasa (Wings of a Man)
  3. Nijūroku ya mairi (A Moon Twenty-six Days Old)
Note

1. This photo shows the carrier Saratoga burning after kamikaze hit on February 21, 1945 (US Navy photograph).