Friday WWII Flix: “Beach Red”


WWII – I saw this movie mentioned by Military Stuff a few days ago. I was surprised to see that this film was released in 1967. I had never heard of it before.

Fortunately, the Military Stuff post included a link to the movie on YouTube. I watched the movie a few hours ago and walked away with mixed feelings about it. Before I start, the synopsis of the film from IMDB is:

As a US marine unit fight against the defenders of a Japanese held island, both sides are haunted by their own thoughts and memories.

On the positive side, this looked like a film with a fairly large production budget. Both the US and Japanese forces in the movie had plenty of WWII era equipment. There were also a sufficient number of actors and landing craft in the invasion scenes to make it look realistic. As with many WWII era films, there was actual footage from the war mixed in.

As the synopsis mentions, beyond the combat, much of the film was devoted to the flashbacks by both the US and Japanese personnel. Both sides were thinking of home and the loved ones they had left behind. Many of these were still shots and for me, those seemed to break the flow of the movie.

Going further on the negative side, both the US and Japanese troops seemed a little too clean. Certainly, the US troops had just come off the ship to invade, but their uniforms and equipment were a little too clean and shiny. The same can be said for the Japanese who would at this point have been suffering from limited supplies. Part of the film was hard to understand as those scenes with the Japanese speaking had no English subtitles.

The largest negative for this film, in my opinion, was in the acting.

I do not think this is a very good film. Surprisingly, IMDB rates the film with 6.4/10.

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 210 links to museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

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