CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Momotarō’s Sea Eagles (1943)

Momotarō’s Sea Eagles aka Momotarō no Umiwashi is an animated Japanese propaganda film produced in 1942 by Geijutsu Eigasha and released March 25, 1943. Whilst running at 37 minutes, it was treated as a feature-length film.

Although recorded as being produced with the cooperation of the Japanese Naval Ministry, there was in fact no cooperation in order to protect military secrets, although the Japanese Imperial Navy endorsed the film.

Featuring the “Peach Boy” character of Japanese folklore, this film was aimed at children, telling the story of a naval unit consisting of the human Momotarō and several animal species representing the Far Eastern races fighting together for a common goal.

In a dramatization of the attack on Pearl Harbour, this force attacks the demons at the island of Onigashima (representing the Americans and British demonized in Japanese propaganda), and the film also utilizes actual footage of the Pearl Harbour attack.

Bluto, from the Popeye cartoons makes an appearance in this film as a stereotypical drunk. This is one of few examples of the Axis nations using American cartoon characters to portray the United States in animated films, just as the Allied forces used Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito, as well as Nazis and Japanese soldiers in their propaganda films

A sequel, Momotarō Umi no Shinpei (1945) also exists. Running at 74 minutes, it is credited as being Japan’s first feature-length animated film.

Related Posts
Zeiram (1991)

Directed by Keita Amemiya, Zeiram follows two intergalatic bounty hunters named Iria (Yûko Moriyama) and Bob (Masakazu Handa) who accept Read more

Z.P.G. (1972)

Directed by Michael Campus, Z.P.G. (Zero Population Growth) is inspired by the novel The Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich. Read more

White Ghost (1988)

Written by Gary Scott Thompson and directed by BJ Davis, White Ghost (which is military code for a Vet who Read more

Time Walkers (1982)

Directed by Tom Kennedy, Time Walkers (aka Being from Another Planet) follows professor Douglas McCadden (played by Ben Murphy - Read more

The Stuff (1985)

Written and directed by Larry Cohen, The Stuff mixes satire, horror and science fiction to deliver somewhat of a throwback Read more

The Mermaid (2016)

Directed by Stephen Chow, The Mermaid follows property tycoon Liu Xuan (Deng Chao) as he purchases the Green Gulf, a coastal Read more

The Holy Mountain (1973)

Directed, written, produced, co-scored, co-edited by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, The Holy Mountain follows a man we later know as Read more

The Courier of Death (1984)

Directed by Tom Shaw, Courier of Death follows expert deliverman J.D. Blackman (played by Joey Johnson), who alongside his partner Read more

The California Dolls (1981)

Directed by Robert Aldrich, The California Dolls (aka ...All The Marbles) follows wrestling manager Harry Sears (Peter Falk) and his Read more

The Butcher (2009)

Directed by Jesse V. Johnson, The Butcher follows former boxer Merle "The Butcher" Hench (Eric Roberts) who for the past Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014. Some would describe him as a teacher, writer, dream weaver, and visionary... some would not...

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: