Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbour and is now a Presbyterian Minister, was the guest of honour at the premiere of the film Tora!
Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbour and is now a Presbyterian Minister, was the guest of honour at the premiere of the film Tora! Tora! Tora!, about the raid, in London last night (Thursday, October 8). Mr. Fuchida was interviewed afterwards about his feelings now.
The film itself is a joint Japanese-American venture. Toshio Masuda and Kinja Fukasaku directed the Japanese sequences: The American sequences and overall direction are credited to Richard Fleisher. The film apportions its time (almost two and a half hours) with meticulous fairness -- intercutting subtitled scenes of Japanese strategists and pilots preparing their offensive with anxious discussions between American Intelligence officers in Washington. The recreation of the raid itself is spectacular and convincing as can be seen from the sequence included here.
The premiere at Leicester Square, in London, was attended by numerous stars and members of the Diplomatic Corps, including Alexander Downer, the Australian High Commissioner. Also at the premiere were six sailors from the British Navy ship HMS Dido who were escorting their ship's "pin-up" actress Jeam Harrington.
The former Japanese Navy pilot Mitsuo Fuchida was interviewed on television about his feelings: