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U.S. Army film showing history of Japanese militarism from the days of the Samurai to the 20th Century

Segment of U.S. film orientation film to help Allied Occupation Forces to understand background of Japanese traditions and rise of militarism prior to World War 2. Film begins showing a Japanese man dressed as a Trumpeter (kai yaku) in an army of the Feudal Period, blowing a conch shell horn. Japanese reenact Feudal period ceremonial exercises using pikes. Closeup of the way the pikes interlock as they wield them. Next young Japanese men are seen practicing Bōjutsu (the martial art of using a staff weapon called bō). A large formation of Japanese men practice in unison. A Japanese man dressed as a traditional Samurai warrior of history. Reenactment of Samurai engaged in war showing mounted Samurai warriors and foot soldiers carrying pikes. Image of the sun with Japanese sun flag gradually superimposed upon it. Slate intervenes reading: "The Sun Goddess Created the Japanese to Rule All the Other People of the Earth." Japanese people assembled near large building and tents in a park-like setting. A Japanese military officer addressing a large gathering. Japanese politicians, dressed formally, address a large gathering that includes many military officers. A crowd of Japanese people responding to a speaker by raising their arms in unison, several times. Japanese men in formation, bowing. Japanese women in formation, bowing. Large gatherings of Japanese people bowing en masse. Another politician addressing a gathering in an outdoor arena. Glimpse of Japanese school children being addressed by officials. A room full of banking officers being addressed by an official and farmers also being addressed. Young people and others marching in close order drills. A cadre of Japanese uniformed soldiers marching. A contingent of Japanese army troops marching with shouldered rifles displaying bayonets. More soldiers marching with high stepping gait. Film ends showing Japanese soldiers marching through Tori Gates at various places in Japan.

Date: 1946
Duration: 2 min 18 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
Clip: 65675036533
Japanese Samurai and Bushido codes followed by modern Japanese soldiers.

A documentary film depicts psychology and living habits of Japanese people. Samurai (Japanese military nobility ) and Bushido codes (Way of Warrior) are explained. A man hits a target with bow and arrow. A Japanese soldier fires. Young Japanese women practice archery. Traditional Japanese warriors and Japanese soldiers follow the same Bushido codes. A samurai warrior faces death with control. A Japanese soldier takes a ritual drink of Saki before he goes calmly on a suicide mission. Views of fallen Japanese people and soldiers, dead from suicide or Bushido codes. The war heroes are worshiped. Statues of war heroes. Japanese people visit shrines. Scenic views of Japan. Members of Japanese families walk together.

Date: 1942
Duration: 3 min 21 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
Clip: 65675054168
Japanese sword dance revived at the 2500th anniversary of Samurai in Los Angeles, California.

2500th anniversary of Samurai being celebrated in Los Angeles, California. A group of Japanese people perform a Japanese sword dance at the 2500 anniversary celebrations. A young boy performs a terpsichorean rite. A Japanese man performs a sword dance at the occasion.

Date: 1930, September 22
Duration: 1 min 21 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
Clip: 65675042730
An exhibit of war art at the Kunstlerhaus in Vienna.

An exhibit of war art at the Kunstlerhaus in Vienna. A poster titled 'War and Art' advertising the exhibition in German. Exterior of the exhibition building with Axis flags. Sculptors of soldiers and Nazi Swastika banners at the entrance. Officers view the exhibition. Exhibits include paintings, pictures, sculptures and armors. Exhibits from countries like Slovakia, Romania, Spain and Finland. Japanese Samurai armor in case. Sculpture of a Samurai on a horse. Paintings depict war scenes, soldiers on horses and in boats. A painting of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Civilians view the exhibits.

Date: 1942
Duration: 1 min 26 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: Portuguese
Clip: 65675020634
Gutted War Department building in Tokyo

Samurai district showing remains of small shops and Geisha houses. Square block destroyed. Gutted war department building and retaining prison. Damage to navy building. Entrance to imperial palace and surrounding area. U.S. sailors stand at entrance to imperial palace.11 September 1945.

Date: 1945, September 11
Duration: 3 min 18 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
Clip: 65675025166
Hierarchy of social strata in Japan and subjects bow to the Japanese Emperor.during World War II

Psychology and living habits of Japanese people. Hierarchy of social strata in Japan during World War 2. Japanese children bowing. A little boy bows to a woman. A woman in kimono bows to a man. A young man bows to his parents. Civilians bow to military personnel. Subjects bow to Emperor Hirohito. Emperor Hirohito riding a white horse. Japanese people come out of their homes and bow as Emperor Hirohito’s convoy passes by. Posters on the walls remind the Japanese civilians of their duties. Japanese calligraphy reads 'Duty is heavier than mountains and death is lighter than a feather'. A dying old man rises from his futon. Dying man bows to the Japanese Emperor. Japanese samurais bow to the Shogun during the Tokugawa era. A Japanese couple in their home. The man sits on the cushion and the woman sits on the mat. A woman bows to the couple. A Japanese woman in western clothing bows to her husband. A modern Japanese woman argues with her fiancé. breaks her engagement. A Japanese photograph depicting a man standing. A Japanese kabuki melodrama exemplifies the duties which each person owes to others. A Japanese kabuki performer dances on stage. Men escape a tunnel during a kabuki play. A kabuki actor plays a distraught servant.

Date: 1942
Duration: 4 min 39 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
Clip: 65675054158
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