TOKYO -- The stellar cast of the upcoming film "The Great War of Archimedes," about the drama behind the construction of the Imperial Japanese Navy's famed battleship Yamato, were on-stage here on June 26 to celebrate the movie's completion.
The main cast including Masaki Suda in the main role of young navy officer and math genius Tadashi Kai involved in the Yamato's design, and Hiroshi Tachi as Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, along with Tasuku Emoto, Minami Hamabe, and Tsurube Shofukutei posed for photos and spoke about the film. Joining them at the event at Tokyo International Forum in the heart of the capital was director Takashi Yamazaki.
The Yamato and its sister ship the Musashi were the largest battleships ever built, and both were eventually sunk by U.S. aircraft -- the Musashi on Oct. 24, 1944, and the Yamato on April 7, 1945.
Suda said of "Archimedes," "It is a very dignified and impactful film that also understands the importance of people's feelings. Audiences of any age can enjoy it."
Tachi said of the film's leading man, "The opening battle scene and Suda's performance in the big conference at the end are both stunning. He is a genius."
Director Yamazaki said the movie as a whole was "bursting with tension."
"Archimedes," in which The Mainichi Newspapers Co. is an investor, tells the story of Kai's fight with the Imperial Navy's top echelons to try to prevent the Yamato from being constructed and to stop Japan from going to war. It opens nationwide on July 26.
(Japanese original by Takashi Suzuki, Culture Project Department)