For the first time, the Japanese Nation faced defeat.
On August 15th, 1945, the
Japanese people faced utter destruction. Millions of
soldiers and civilians were dead, the rest were starving,
and their cities had been reduced to piles rubble -- two of
them vaporized by atomic bombs. The government was
deadlocked; some ministers called for surrender, and others
argued that honor demanded a final battle on home soil. To
break the impasse, the cabinet took the unprecedented step
of asking the Emperor to decide the fate of the nation.
Unable to bear the suffering of his people any longer, and
finally given the power to do something about it, the
Emperor decreed that Japan would surrender.
Much work remained to be done: the Imperial Rescript had to
be composed, the Emperor had to record it, and it had to be
broadcast to the nation. And there were many soldiers and
civilians who could not accept surrender, and would do
anything -- even commit treason -- to avoid it.
In a single 24 hour period, the fate of 100 million people
would be decided.
This is the true story of August 15th, 1945... Japan's
The most important and well-known Japanese WWII film.