Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbour and is now a Presbyterian Minister, was the guest of honour at the premiere of the film Tora!
GV EXT Lecicester Square theatre
CU Sign "Tora! Tora! Tora!
SV Tony Curtis
SV Australian High Commissioner
SV Japanese Commander Fuchida arrives
SV&CU Mr. Fuchida poses for photos
SV Starlet poses with sailors (2 shots)
SV Sequence from film
CU Interview with Commander (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 11: INTERVIEWER: "Mr. Fuchida, what did you feel when you went into the attack?"
FUCHIDA: "Since I was a professional Naval Officer, I was very proud to be a leader and I wished to do my best. And I had big confidence to get a victory, but I should be killed in action and I prepared to die?"
INTERVIEWER: "Was the attack as successful as you hoped it would be?"
FUCHIDA: "Oh yes, our anticipated..(indistinct)..we achieved."
INTERVIEWER: "Do you feel now any regrets at what you did?"
FUCHIDA: "As a professional officer I did not feel any regret, but since I became a Christian, I am now feeling very sorry".
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Background: Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbour and is now a Presbyterian Minister, was the guest of honour at the premiere of the film Tora! Tora! Tora!, about the raid, in London last night (Thursday, October 8). Mr. Fuchida was interviewed afterwards about his feelings now.
The film itself is a joint Japanese-American venture. Toshio Masuda and Kinja Fukasaku directed the Japanese sequences: The American sequences and overall direction are credited to Richard Fleisher. The film apportions its time (almost two and a half hours) with meticulous fairness -- intercutting subtitled scenes of Japanese strategists and pilots preparing their offensive with anxious discussions between American Intelligence officers in Washington. The recreation of the raid itself is spectacular and convincing as can be seen from the sequence included here.
The premiere at Leicester Square, in London, was attended by numerous stars and members of the Diplomatic Corps, including Alexander Downer, the Australian High Commissioner. Also at the premiere were six sailors from the British Navy ship HMS Dido who were escorting their ship's "pin-up" actress Jeam Harrington.
The former Japanese Navy pilot Mitsuo Fuchida was interviewed on television about his feelings: