After taking audiences to Third Street again with the third Always
film, director Yamazaki Takashi (Space Battleship Yamato
) takes us to the dangerous skies of the Pacific War in The Eternal Zero
. Based on the novel by Hyakuta Naoki, the war drama chronicles a young man's investigation into the life of his biological grandfather, a kamikaze pilot who died during the war. Featuring state-of-the-art special effects by Yamazaki also the special effects supervisor of the film - Eternal Zero
has some of the most realistic aerial battles ever created in the history of Japanese cinema. These scenes add significant impact to the emotional story of an honorable man who valued life above all things. Topping the Japanese box office for eight consecutive weeks, The Eternal Zero
is the fifth highest-grossing live-action Japanese film of all time.
After his grandmother's funeral, law student Kentaro (Miura Haruma) discovers that his grandfather Oishi isn't actually his biological grandfather. Surprised by the revelation, Kentaro and his sister Keiko begin digging into the story of their biological grandfather Miyabe Kyuzo (Okada Junichi), a kamikaze pilot who died during a mission. While some of the soldiers Kentaro meet insist that Kyuzo was a coward who refused to enter aerial fights, others say that Kyuzo was a brilliant pilot and a devoted family man who only wanted to return home to see his wife (Inoue Mao) and child. From the testimonies of the soldiers, Kentaro pieces together the shocking truth about Kyuzo.
This edition comes with a photobook and a bonus disc containing bonus video material.