The Eternal Zero is a Japanese war film co-written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, released in 2013. It is an adaptation of a novel by Naoki Hyakuta published in 2006.
After the death of their grandmother, Kentarō and his sister Keiko discover that the one they considered their grandfather was only her second husband. Their real grandfather, named Myabe Kyuzo, died as a suicide bomber during WWII. The two young people decide to investigate to find out more about the life of this stranger. They set off to meet his surviving companions. The first meetings are disappointing. Those who knew Kyuzo describe a cowardly character, little appreciated by his comrades. But the two young people will not be long in collecting new testimonies, which on the contrary evoke their grandfather as a deeply human man, coupled with a pilot of immense talent. They end up discovering that their grandfather, a very talented fighter pilot, refused the ambient militarism and the insane orders of his hierarchy. Very much in love with his wife, he had decided to do everything to survive and see her again, until the army designated him as a suicide bomber, at a time when everyone knew that the war was lost for Japan. Before the last assault, their grandfather Kyuzo manages to exchange his device, deliberately sabotaged to have to turn around, with that of one of his companions, leaving him in the cabin to contact his wife. True to his memory, this comrade will become their grandmother's second husband. Kyuzo goes to the end of the mission and tries to throw his plane at an American aircraft carrier.
Jun'ichi Okada : Kyuzo Miyabe
Haruma Miura : Kentarō Saeki
Mao Inoue : Matsuno
Isao Natsuyagi : Ken'ichiro Oishi
Jun Fubuki : Kiyoko Saeki
Min Tanaka : Kageura
Shōta Sometani (en) : Ken'ichiro Oishi, jeune