Space Battleship Yamato (movie)
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Director Toshio Masuda also directed the Japanese sequences for the 1970 Pearl Harbor epic "Tora! Tora! Tora!" after famed director Akira Kurosawa was fired by Twentieth Century Fox over a number of disputes.
Optioned for a long-dormant live-action movie by Disney in which the World War II references would be Americanized. (For example, the Yamato would be changed to the U.S.S. Arizona in the script. )
Enterprise Pictures accidently labeled Noburo Ishiguro as the film's director while dubbing the film itself for its European and UK release.
During its theatrical release, Space Battleship Yamato outperformed Star Wars (now known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) at the Japanese box office.
During this movie's time in UK and European theaters, many viewers had mistaken this film for an attempt to rip-off the hit U.S. live-action movie "Star Wars" (1977), unaware that it's actually a re-editing of what predated the U.S. film itself.
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