VHS OR DVD - YOU CHOOSE OR WE SEND DVD.
IF YOU ARE A BATAAN VETERAN PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE BIDDING ON THIS AUCTION. SEVERAL YEARS AGO I BOUGHT A MILITARY REFERENCE LIBRARY WHICH INCLUDED A SELECTION OF RARE WW2 ERA JAPANESE WAR MOVIES. THESE ARE PROFESSIONAL TRANSFERS OF THE ORIGINAL FILMS BUT I DO NOT KNOW WHEN ,WHERE OR BY WHOM.THEY ARE ALL RARE TITLES NEVER RELEASED IN THE WEST. THEY WERE MADE FOR JAPANESE DOMESTIC SHOW. THESE INCLUDE COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION USING JAPANESE MILITARY EQUIPTMENT AND MANPOWER AND AUTHORIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND SOME GOVERNMENT MADE TITLES WHICH LEAN MORE TOWARD THE PROPAGANDA FIELD BUT STILL INCLUDE SOME RARE FILM OF JAPANESE TROOPS, WEAPONS AND BATTLE SCENES.SOME SCENES ARE OBVIOUSLY AND AMATURE IN NATURE BUT REAL BATTLE FILM IS ALSO USED.ALL BLACK AND WHITE ON VHS TAPE WITH JAPANESE LABELS.I DO NOT UNDERSTAND JAPANESE. I HAVE WATCHED EACH OF THESE AT LEAST TWICE. THEY ARE UNIQUE IN THEIR PERSPECTIVE AND IN THE LOOK AT REAL PERIOD UNIFORMS,WEAPONS,CUSTOMS AND MANNERS.THE TRANSLATIONS OF THE TITLES WERE DONE BY LOCAL STUDENTS SO PLEASE ,JAPANESE SPEAKING FOLKS ,FORGIVE ANY ERRORS.DISCRIPTIONS ARE ACCURATE WITH AN EYE TOWARD THE INTERESTS OF MILITARY COLLECTORS.
THIS ONE CALLED " DAWN OF FREEDOM " MADE IN 1942 AS AN ANSWER TO THE NEWS OF THE BATANN DEATH MARCH GETTING OUT.AS I UNDERSTAND IT THIS WAS MADE FROM THE ONLY SURVIVING COPY OF THIS FILM.THIS IS SO OBVIOUS AND SHAMELESS PROPAGANDA THAT IT HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED.3 LANGUAGES,FILIPINOS SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE TO EACH OTHER,ENGLISH TO THE JAPANESE AND JAPANESE SPEAK ENGLISH TO THEM, JAPANESE TO EACH OTHER."AMERICANS" SPEAK ENGLISH.THE JAPANESE ARE WONDERFULL HELPFULL,HELP LAME TO WALK,GIVE BLOOD TO SAVE INJURED BOY ,SAVE BOYS FROM ROBBERY,CONVINCE MOTHERS TO GO ON LOUDSPEAKERS TO CONDEMN AMERICANS WHO CALL THE FILIPINOS "YELLOW MONKEYS". FILIPINOS ARE CONVINCED THAT THEY ARE "ASIATIC BROTHERS" OF THE JAPANESE AND TURN ON THE AMERICANS.FILIPINO SOLDIERS CAUGHT WITH JAPANESE LEAFLETS ARE SHOT ON THE SPOT OR IN THE BACK RUNNING AWAY.FILIPINO OFFICERS ARE SET UP AND AMBUSHED BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS.INTERESTING SCENES OF JAPANESE MARINES ATTACKING CORREGIDOR(SOME REAL BATTLE SCENES SPLICED IN).AMERICAN SURRENDER. JAPANESE-FILIPINO HAPPY ENDING FREED FROM THE IMPERIALISTS AND EXPLOITERS.ALTHOUGH THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL TRANSFER THE FILM WAS VERY BRITTLE AND THERE ARE A COUPLE OF PLACES WHERE THE FILM BUBBLED,DARKNESS IN SPOTS AND SOME JUMPING AND SKIPPING. THIS WOULD BE A COMEDY IF IT WERE NOT A SERIOUS PIECE OF HISTORY.ONE OF THE MOST EFFICIENT EFFORTS OF THE FILIPINO RESISTENCE WAS IN DESTROYING THE THEATERS WHERE THIS WAS PLAYED.75 MINUTES. TAPE CONDITION:AS NEW.THIS IS THE KIND OF MOVIE WHICH BEN LADEN WOULD LIKE TO MAKE.***** A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL PROMOTIONAL BOOKLET FOR THIS FILM IN ENGLISH HAS BEEN FOUND BY A SERIOUS STUDENT OF JAPANESE MOVIES. HE HAS PROVIDED ME WITH A COLOR COPY AND THE PHOTO SHOWN HERE IS THE TITLE PAGE.I WILL INCLUDE A BLACK AND WHITE COPY OF THE BOOKLET FREE WITH PURCHASE OR REFER YOU ON TO THE OWNER IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A COLOR COPY. THIS IS A RARE HISTORICAL MOVIE. DO NOT EXPECT HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION. THIS IS A RERECORDED COPY OF THE LAST KNOWN COPY OF THIS. MEN WHO ATTENDED THE REUNION OF THE BATAAN SURVIVORS IN MANILA HAVE TOLD ME THAT IT IS THE SAME COPY WHICH THEY WERE SHOWN THERE. IMAGE QUAILTY RANGES FROM 80% TO 50% WITH OVERALL ABOUT 60% OF THE ORIGINAL QUALITY AND 95% OF ORIGINAL CONTENT.
Japan premiere: 10 Feb 1944 (accdg to a Japanese source; 5 Feb 1944 from a Phil source)
- Philippine premiere: Manila 7 Mar 1944
- director Abe Yutaka; with help from a well-known Filipino director Gerardo de Leon
- lead role, Fernando Poe (ran for President in the past election, but lost to the current Philippine president Gloria Arroyo; he died two years ago)
- actual footage of Bataan and Corregidor campaigns used
- Japanese title: "Ano hata wo Ute: Korehidoru no Saigo" which could be translated literally as "Shoot/Aim for that Flag: The Last Days of Corregidor" (my translation); Translation from a Philippine source is "Tear Down the Stars and Stripes"
There is a copy or the original in the National Archives under captured films. It is spaced out over 10 small reels. They would do a video transfer copy through a private video company but they wanted $600 for it. This was also shown at a film festival in Japan in 1998. The tanks shown in the beginning are M5 Stuarts from either the 192 or 194th Tank Battalions. They were a cluster of National Guard units sent there in July of 41. One of its members, a guy named "Zed" Bardowski, is credited with shooting down a Jap Zero as it strafed across Clark Air Field on December 8, 1941, thus becoming the first American member of the Armor Force to do so in WWII. His son works at the Navy Depot in Mechanicsburg, PA. All the American extras are POWs from Corregidor. A copy was for the late Maj Richard Gordon of the Battling Bastards of Bataan Society. He said their physical condition was much better then the Bataan POWs so they must have been taken at Corregidor. Despite its somewhat jumpy and brittle picture and sound I think this is a great reference piece since there are apparently no other films from those early months of WWII in the Philippines.