Emperor Hirohito at a Japanese military review. Japanese warships. Invasion of Manchuria
Japan Date:1931 Duration:7 min 37 sec Sound:Yes
Opening scene shows a Japanese military brass band playing at the edge of a parade ground. View shifts to behind a group of military officers standing side-by-side. They all salute as Emperor Hirohito passes by in an Imperial 18th Century horse-drawn coach, followed by two more just like it. Camera continues to view from behind the officers, as a mounted officer joins in front of them. Next, a mounted officer passes carrying the Japanese national flag. Following him is Emperor Hirohito, on a white horse, followed by a general on a black horse and six mounted high-ranking Japanese military officers. Scene shifts to a reviewing stand that a Japanese General shareswith several others, including a civilian. The general speaks into a microphone. The next view is from behind a formation of uniformed military officers. The emperor leads a procession of mounted officers along the center of the parade ground. The formation of officers is seen from the front, as they salute. The Emperor's entourage appears to include a British military officer (possibly military attache)and other foreign military officers. Glimpse of Japanese warplanes in formation overhead. Emperor Hirohito on his white horse, saluting as a small colorguard passes and then large formations of troops pass in review. Tractors, pulling field artillery pieces and horse-drawn artillery pass in review. A contingent of mounted lancers move past at a canter, followed by mounted cavalry. Scene shifts completely to the Japanese dreadnought battleship, Nagato (with curved forward funnel) moored amidst other ships in a harbor, including sailing vessels. Camera pans across the harbor where other warships are seen in the distance. Next, the Nagato is seen slowly moving in the harbor. Camera ship passing a stationary Japanese destroyer. Complete change of scene, to Manchuria, where Manchurians wave Japanese flags as mounted Japanese troops pass them on a road. Japanese troops entering a fort, accompanied by a military band. They proceed past a parked Japanese Type 92 Chiyoda armored car. Japanese troops celebrating victory with Banzai cheer. Japanese throwing food to Manchurians. Japanese troops engaged in live fire training exercise over a stretch of barran terrain. Japanese soldiers advancing against simulated enemies. A Japanese officer calling his troops to attention in a farm yard. Manchurian farmer, nearby is upset by damage to his garden. Closeup of the field officer in a couple of settings, and speaking to his troops. His troops arrange their rifles into small stacks for ready retrieval and then proceed to repair damage they created in the farmer's garden. Closeup of the farmer thanking the officer for their help. He then joins the troops using his hoe to assist them.
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