Battle Under Orion (2009)
Battle Under Orion is a Japanese movie directed by Tetsuo Shinohara and based on a novel by Tsukasa Ikegami. It was released by Toho on June 13, 2009.
The film was inspired by the true story of Mochitsura Hashimoto, the commander of Japanese Navy submarine I-58, which torpedoed the USS Indianapolis in the final days of World War II. The names and a few minor details have been changed.
The film begins as a girl named Izumi Kuramoto (Keiko Kitagawa) gets a letter from America containing sheet music that belonged to her late grandfather, a submarine commander in the war. She visits a man who was his colleague, and he begins telling her a story about her grandfather’s life.
The film then shifts back to 1945 as a young submarine commander named Kuramoto (Hiroshi Tamaki) is in love with a woman named Shizuko (also played by Kitagawa). When he’s leaving for Okinawa, he takes along a page of sheet music for “Midsummer Orion”, which Shizuko wrote out herself. Later at sea, Kuramoto’s submarine is locked in battle with a United States destroyer while running dangerously low on oxygen and he’s forced to make a drastic tactical decision.
- Original title
- Transliterated title
- Manatsu no Orion
- Release date
- June 13, 2009
|Keiko Kitagawa||Izumi Kuramoto / Shizuko|
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