The films “Pearl Harbor” and “Tora Tora Tora” depicts the events that led up to that fateful day on December 7, 1941. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt quotes: “It is a day that will live in infamy.” Even though both films are based on true events, they take a different approach in telling their stories on screen.
One of the major differences that stood out for me was the storyline. Pearl Harbor focused more the love story between Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale. They did not address the attack until much later on. In Tora Tora Tora, the film focused entirely on the events that led up to the attack and its impact on both the American and Japanese side. As a result, it makes the film look more balanced.
Another difference was that Pearl Harbor film portrays the Japanese as being inhumane during the scene when they were planning their attack against the Americans. In Tora Tora Tora, the Japanese were considered honorable and respectful men for serving their country. The American people forget that Japanese people are human beings like everyone else.
The last difference is historical accuracy. Out of the two films, Tora Tora Tora did a better job of accurately portraying the Americans and Japanese from an unbiased point of view. Since it was a American/Japanese based production, it gives the audience a greater understanding of the circumstances that both sides went through during this time period.
If I recommended which film is better to watch, I would go with Tora Tora Tora because it gives everyone an accurate account of the events leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Most importantly, the ending forces people to draw their own conclusions of what might happen in the future.