View Full Version : Cool looking New Japanese Submarine Movie

02-22-2005, 04:32 AM
Titled - Lorelei:The Witch of the Pacific Ocean
This one appears to be a "alternate history" type of story. Synopsis is as follows:

In August, 1945, the American attacks towards Japan increased in harshness. Atomic bombs were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, one after the another. On an island in the Southern Pacific Ocean, the third atomic bomb was ready now, planned to be dropped over Tokyo, which would have meant effectively the annihilation of Japan as a nation.

A Japanese navy submarine, I-507 carrying a secret weapon called ‚¬ĀgLorelei system‚¬Āh, which was actually a captured German submarine, was given almost an impossible mission to attack and sink the troop ship carrying the third atomic bomb, after breaking through the defense line of the US Navy‚¬Āfs Pacific fleet. Captain Asakura (Shinichi Tsutsumi), the operation department head of the Japanese Navy Command selected Lieutenant Commander Shinichi Masami (Koji Yakusho) as the captain of this submarine. Masami had been given a sinecure position as he once objected to a special strategy earnestly proposed by the Navy Command.

Among the hurriedly gathered crew of this submarine, there was a girl named Paula (Yu Kashii) on board. She was the only operator who was able to start the Lorelei system.

A crew of 70, who were actually not sufficient enough to operate this submarine, started out for a final battle not only for the sake of saving their own country but also in some way, somebody or something to save privately, such as their families, their lovers, or a place to remember being with his dead wife. Each one of the crew fought embracing their individual hopes for the future.

They had only one hour and 15 minutes left, until the release of the atomic bomb...

Check out the trailer here:


Looks like a bit of a romp ne?

02-22-2005, 06:54 AM
It will maybe be a good movie...
But will never beat the best of all

DAS BOOT (Director`s Cut) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

02-22-2005, 07:31 AM
I love the ending of Das Boot.... just when your expecting the credits to appear....

02-22-2005, 08:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MrOblongo:
It will maybe be a good movie...
But will never beat the best of all

DAS BOOT (Director`s Cut) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hands down! (be sure)

Indeed the ending is good. The submarine is entering the harbor with very visible battle damage. It withstood everything, depth charges, bad weather for weeks. And when she finally lays in the harbor where it is supposedly safe...

02-22-2005, 11:20 AM
With all due respect, I would Highly recommend the deletion of the above posts which give what may seem as subtle "hints" as to the ending of the Great Movie "Das Boot"...one of my favorites of All Time.

The posters seem to consider this a top-notch movie, as I do, and it seems to me that it would be a terrible pity to ruin ANY aspect of the movie for those who've not yet seen "Das Boot".

02-22-2005, 12:20 PM
Agreed. A fantastic movie... don't ruin it for those who haven't seen it yet.

02-22-2005, 02:16 PM
What? You mean the part where American Rangers, led by Colin Ferrell, with beautiful French Resistance fighter in tow (Jennifer Garner) parachute from the captured, burning Me 262 onto the sub, steal it after killing Admiral Doenitz, and make off to England with Ultra? That part? Oh, sorry....http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif,

02-22-2005, 06:02 PM
No, no, no. He means the part where Colonel Crittendon (the famous British secret agent) impersonates Herman Georing with the help of Colonel Hogan and the group from Stalag 13. Aided by three beautiful French resistance fighters (Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and Cameron Diaz (playing twins)) they convince Colonel Kink that the war is over and to get on the radio and broadcast that Adolf Hitler is a big doody head. It turns out that doody head is the code word for Sean Connery to take over the sub and use the super secret, super quiet impeller drive to sneak the sub to America.


02-22-2005, 06:18 PM
Yeah I haven't seen Das Boot myself. Haven't had the many hours required for the watching of it handy lately...

02-22-2005, 06:39 PM
never could say no to a submarine movie... even U-571, bad as it was, it was "fun," I suppose...?... historical fiction of this sort is, well risky, at best... but thanks, I'm glad I know about it.

02-22-2005, 06:45 PM

Actually a good WWII sub movie with a Horror theme (good story). Good acting and best sub set I've seen since Das Boot!

02-23-2005, 07:23 AM
Yes, "Below" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

02-24-2005, 03:39 AM
Movies from the Japanese view are pretty hard to come by. I wonder, can anyone suggest any that are worth following up?

02-24-2005, 10:07 AM
Oh TOHO, I hope you are going to make this with a bigger budget than when you did most of your **** in the 50's, 60's and 70's http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

It looks nice though, and I've always been a sucker for this kind of SciFi. Hope we get to see it soon !

02-24-2005, 10:22 AM
Looks like a good movie.

The one thing that I can never understand is that film makers stretch so hard for something exciting, heroic, bigger then life and ultra-dramatic. They don't have to.

The real life stories of ordinary men (put into circumstances that changed the course of real history) have more gut-punching impact then any of the alternate history books and movies.

A prime example of this is the story of the Battle of Samar as written about by James D. Hornfischer in The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors (http://www.tincansailorsbook.com/)

This describes the last large-scale sea battle that the world might ever see, the naval complement of the battle to retake the Philippine Islands in the fall of 1944. The Japanese assembled a large task force (their last and best)to move against a lighter, outnumbered American contingent.

Talk about edge of your seat drama, heroics and action. Read the book and hope they make the movie.

02-24-2005, 11:16 AM
well story is written like it was created in Hollywood http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

02-24-2005, 11:52 AM
I have not seen many films about the pacific war that is from the Japanese side, but this film might be entertaining! Heck, its got a killer soundtrack too! Sounds fun. Sounds like Hans Zimmer wrote the music but its not! This is the type of music i wanted for Pacific Fighters! Check this out! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

02-24-2005, 02:53 PM
My father used to give me something called DAS BOOT in the pants! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif