Japanese war movies were rarely glorifying the war itself, rather concentrated on human aspect of the war, but of course the exceptions were those movies that were based not on the historical events, but rather on fiction. Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean was based on the popular novel that incorporated a manga-like style and sci-fi storyline.
In 1945 the fate of Japan seemed sealed - with all the forces gathered to defend homeland islands there was very little hope among the soldiers. Commander Masami Shinichi is given command of new submarine, I-507, that was given to Japanese navy by the Germans. Equipped with advanced sonar called Lorelei and with two powerful guns aboard I-507 seems to be one of the last hopes for Japan. After atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima Shinichi is given orders to intercept American warships transporting further such bombs. Soon he learns that Lorelei is nothing like he was expecting...
With interesting premise and manga-like style of the story Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean is interesting exception among Japanese war movies - involving, entertaining and at the same time raising questions about the future of human kind. Of course it lacks the depth (no pun intended) or realism of other war movies, but it is worth to know.
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