"A remarkably fascinating documentary from a heretofore untold point of view–that of the Kamikaze pilots whose training and contributions to the Japanese cause have long been shrouded in myth."
–Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
"...succeeds brilliantly in puncturing the myth, placing viewers face to face with elderly Japanese who as young men were prepared to die as Kamikaze."–John W. Dower, Professor of History, MIT
"3 1/2 STARS. An excellent documentary for any WWII and/or Japanese history collection, as well as one that will appeal to many general viewers. Highly recommended." –Video Librarian
"An ideal film for concluding a unit on the Pacific War."
–Alejandro Echevarria, History teacher, Rampart High School
Wings of Defeat brings viewers behind the scenes of World War II’s Pacific theater to reveal the truth about the Kamikaze—the “suicide bombers” of their day. Interviews with surviving kamikaze, rare battle footage and Japanese propaganda reveal a side of WWII never before shown on film. American vets from the greatest generation tell harrowing tales of how they survived attacks. Wings of Defeat shatters the myth of the fanatical kamikaze to reveal a generation of men forced to pay for an empire’s pride with their lives.
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