|Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean|
|Directed by||Shinji Higuchi|
|Produced by||Chihiro Kameyama|
|Screenplay by||Satoshi Suzuki|
|Based on||Lorelei of the War|
by Harutoshi Fukui
|Music by||Naoki Sato|
|Edited by||Hiroshi Okuda|
|Box office||¥2,400 million|
Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean, known in Japan as simply Lorelei (ローレライ, Rōrerai) is a 2005 Japanese war drama film directed by Shinji Higuchi. A fictional story of the Japanese military saving Tokyo from the third atomic bomb during the waning days of the Second World War, it was the highest-grossing film in Japan during the week of its release.
The story of "Lorelei", based on a best-selling novel written by Harutoshi Fukui, is a departure from the last 50 years of Japanese cinema by weaving a tale using a "what if" fictional narrative with a tip of the hat to modern manga storylines and styles.
The mission, as revealed by the grim Chief of Staff Asakura (Shinichi Tsutsumi) following the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is to intercept U.S. ships transporting a third nuclear weapon to Tinian Island, the principal base from which American B-29s are striking the Japanese home Islands. The man charged with the mission is Commander Masami (Yakusho Kōji) - a brilliant destroyer of enemy ships relieved of his command when he opposed the Navy's increasing reliance on suicide tactics. Given a last chance to redeem himself, he is burning with zeal, but is ignorant of the various secrets the I-507 carries on board.
Once at sea, Lt. Takasu (Ken Ishiguro), the owlish technician in charge of the imaging system, refuses to tell Masami what it is or how it works. Masami also discovers that two crew members belong to the "kaiten" suicide corps. He has no idea why they are there, and neither, for the moment, do they.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy is tracking the I-507 with more than usual interest. A teenaged girl (Yu Kashi) is part of the master plan and one of the minisub pilots (Satoshi Tsumabuki) becomes her protector.
- Kōji Yakusho - Shin'ichi Masami (絹見 真一, Masami Shin'ichi)
- Satoshi Tsumabuki - Yukito Orikasa (折笠 征人, Orikasa Yukito)
- Toshirō Yanagiba - Kizaki Toshiro
- Yu Kashii - Paula Atsuko Ebner (パウラ・A（アツコ）・エブナー, Paura Atsuko Efunā)
- Shin'ichi Tsutsumi - Asakura Ryokitsu
- Ken Ishiguro - Narumi Takasu
- Isao Hashizume - Sadamoto Nishimiya
- Masato Ibu - Eitaro Narazaki
- Takaya Kamikawa - Man
- Kreva - Shunpei Komatsu
- Jun Kunimura - Matoi Tokioka (時岡纏, Tokioka Matoi)
- Takehiko Ono - Shichigoro Iwamura (岩村七五郎, Iwamura Shichigorō)
- Shugo Oshinari
- Ryuta Sato - Kikuo Kiyonaga (清永喜久雄, Kiyonaga Kikuo)
- Pierre Taki - Tokutaro Taguchi (田口���太郎, Taguchi Tokutarō)
- Yoshiyuki Tomino - Ouwada
- Shingo Tsurumi - Sankichi Oominato
Release Date: March 5th, 2005 (Japan) Budget: ¥1,200,000,000 / $11,500,000 (Rough Figure) Opening Weekend: ¥305,302,906 / $2,914,308 (Japan, 263 Screens) Attendance Total: 1,900,000 (Japan) Total: ¥2,400,000,000 / $23,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
- Groves, Don (2005-03-13). "'Hitch' finds perfect pitch in Germany". Variety. Retrieved 2008-12-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- This bears a strong resemblance to the French submarine Surcouf and is equipped with imaging technology that is far in advance of the era's primitive Sonar technology.