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March 18, 2022: Updated With SURVIVAL: KAMIKAZE: 1945 / U.S.S. FRANKLIN: MARCH 1945!
THE FLEET THAT CAME TO STAY (Black/White, 1946, 20 Minutes)
A landmark film produced immediately after the end of hostilities detailing the herculean effort that went into the American naval campaign against the Japanese in the Pacific theater. Contains awesome combat footage with especial attention on the horrific kamikaze attacks of the Battle of Okinawa and elsewhere. Produced by the Treasury Department in order to sell bonds to finance the enormous job left for the Navy to do.
VICTORY AT SEA: SUICIDE FOR GLORY (Black/White, 1954, 23 Minutes)
A literal melodrama, or "song drama", in documentary form, utilizing stark battle footage in a rousing attempt by Americans both to understand and reject the suicide bomber mentality of World War II era Japan, and with much the same attitude as Americans have towards suicide bombers today.
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: TYPHOON AT OKINAWA (Black/White, 1957, 23 Minutes)
The venerable Walter Cronkite: "This is the story of two winds: the brutal wind of the typhoon and what the Japanese call 'The Divine Wind' of the Kamikaze.". It is also the best short documentary there is on the subject of Kamikazes, with films of their attacks that rank among the best of all World War II combat footage.
G. I. DIARY: KAMIKAZE: FLOWER OF DEATH (Color, 1978, 22 Minutes)
Exquisite colorized films give a realistic view of what kamikaze attacks must have looked like in a physical as well as a cinematic sense. Lloyd Bridges narrates.
SURVIVAL! (1990 Color Omnibus Version): KAMIKAZE: 1945 / U.S.S. FRANKLIN: MARCH 1945 (Black/White, 1964, 46 Minutes Total)
Morris Jones hosts this single 1990 Discovery Channel special edition of two episodes of the venerable 1964 TV documentary series narrated by James Whitmore, with the first episode emphasizing the Battle of Okinawa's naval engagements on the land and in the air as well as its the land operation, and the second episode concentrating on the epic battle against kamikaze aircraft attacks by the U.S. fleet carrier that suffered the most severe damage and highest casualties experienced by any other that survived World War II.
KAMIKAZE: TO DIE FOR THE EMPEROR (Color, 1991, 53 Minutes)
A careful examination of the totality of the art and practice of Japanese suicide airpower, its tactics and strategy, its logic and philosophy.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER: KAMIKAZE (1988, COLOR, 15 Minutes)
Unique documentary segment on the survivors of both the US Destroyer USS Laffey and the elite Japanese Kamikaze corp "The Thunder Guns" that attacked and severely damaged the Laffey during the Battle of Okinawa.
Kamikaze (Japanese: "divine wind" or "spirit wind"), officially Kamikaze/Shinpu Tokubetsu Kogekitai (Japanese: "Divine Wind Special Attack Unit"), were a part of the Japanese Special Attack Units of military aviators who flew suicide attacks for the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels in the closing stages of the Pacific campaign of World War II, intending to destroy warships more effectively than with conventional air attacks. About 3,800 kamikaze pilots died during the war, and more than 7,000 naval personnel were killed by kamikaze attacks. Kamikaze aircraft were essentially pilot-guided explosive missiles, purpose-built or converted from conventional aircraft. Pilots would attempt to crash their aircraft into enemy ships in what was called a "body attack" (tai-atari) in planes loaded with bombs, torpedoes or other explosives. About 19% of kamikaze attacks were successful. Kamikaze attacks were more accurate than conventional attacks, and often caused more damage. Some kamikazes were able to hit their targets even after their aircraft were crippled. The Japanese considered the goal of damaging or sinking large numbers of Allied ships to be a just reason for suicide attacks. The attacks began in October 1944, at a time when the war was looking increasingly bleak for the Japanese. They had lost several important battles, many of their best pilots had been killed, their aircraft were becoming outdated, and they had lost command of the air. Japan was losing pilots faster than it could train their replacements, and the nation's industrial capacity was diminishing relative to that of the Allies. These factors, along with Japan's unwillingness to surrender, led to the use of kamikaze tactics as Allied forces advanced towards the Japanese home islands. The tradition of death instead of defeat, capture and shame was deeply entrenched in Japanese military culture; one of the primary values in the samurai life and the Bushido code was loyalty and honor until death. In addition to kamikazes, the Japanese military also used or made plans for non-aerial Japanese Special Attack Units, including those involving Kairyu (submarines), Kaiten human torpedoes, Shinyo speedboats and Fukuryu divers.