Comparing "Windtalkers" and "Tora! Tora! Tora!" Essay

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Our two films were Windtalkers (2002) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). Each of these two movies were about the Americans and World War II. In Windtalkers, the main character Sergeant Joe Enders is tasked with protecting a Navaho code talker, Ben Yahzee. He is then sent into combat by the Marines to Saipan, a heavily defended Japanese island. On the other hand, Tora! Tora! Tora! focuses on the Japanese and American sides of the events during and leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. It mostly depicts the behind-the-scene events, including the American breaking of the Purple Code, the ignorance of command at Pearl Harbor, and the intents and motives of the Japanese. While watching Tora!, we found it interesting that the Japanese …show more content…
Take a look. There’s your confirmation”) At a radar station, after two soldiers spot the Japanese planes coming in, the air force commander at the communications office receiving the information tells them not to worry about it, believing them to be American planes and too tired to care.
Lastly, despite the fact that the Americans had known that a Japanese attack was coming, they were still completely taken by surprise when the attack did come. The radar spotting and the submarine sinking were signs that the Japanese might be taking action, but there was nonetheless no precautions taken. Back in Washington D.C., even with the intelligence decoding the Japanese messages, they were still unable to warn Pearl Harbor in time, failing to mark the telegram urgent,. This would lead to the commanders at Pearl Harbor receiving the warning after the attack had already crippled the American fleet.
In all, this film related to class because it tried to show the reality behind the event that got the Americans into World War II. We also talked about how President Roosevelt was able to get support by the war because of the national outrage against Pearl Harbor, and this movie showed why (the ambassadors were unable to submit the declaration of war due to a slow typist). This film was an extremely accurate recreation of the causes of Pearl Harbor, and it was able to depict most of the

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