Hell to Eternity Japanese speech?

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Toward the end of hell to Eternity, a Japanese General addresses his troops.  Seems very moving but there is no subtitle translation.  Any help?  Thanks.
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Posted 3 years ago

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This great film is often overlooked by movie buffs but deserves much more attention.

Production values are cheap of course because its a B Movie, but the heart and truth of this film gives it great power.

Its a pity a big studio didn't realize what a great true story this was, maybe a studio today will do a remake of it one day.

Karlson the Director is at his best when he's just showing us the family scenes or the party interaction scenes. When a woman is in a scene, its funny, touching, sexy, sad, or illustrative.

And a biting scene is when Guy asks 'Why aren't the German-Americans and the Italian-Americans being sent off to Concentration Camps? Why is it only the Japanese-Americans?'

No answer is given, but its plain. It was based on racism solely. Asians = 'the other'.

The battle sequences suffer from a lack of bucks, but one brilliant idea was the post banzai scene where all the dead Japanese and American soldiers are just lying on the battlefield and the camera does a slow pan revealing the scene to us - and its totally silent. No music. No sound effects. Dead.
That was bold move for a movie in 1960 or at any time.

But I digress: to answer your question, he's telling the Japanese Folktale story that Mama-san told Guy when he was a boy, about 'Peach Boy' Momotaro. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momotar%C5%8D

But, I suspect the General modified it to placate the troops and to convince them to surrender now would be the honourable thing to do, for them and their families and the others who love them, and that the 'demons' were not the Americans, but their own government which put them in this hellhole of Saipan.  

And for Guy Gabaldon to not receive the Medal Of Honor, despite single-handedly capturing more enemy combatants than anyone in US military history, is a terrible crime of the US authorities.

No doubt due to Guy being a Chicano raised by Japanese. Again, and still, racism is alive and well in the good ol' US of A.
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Thank you. Considering the delivery of the speech, I suppose it is possible a translation would have been a distraction. A very well crafted scene in a good movie.
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You're welcome. Personally, I think it was a distraction NOT having the subtitles. But money was tight on that production, so I guess they figured we'd work it out ourselves! 
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The site opensubtitles.org has two English subtitles and several of other languages for Hell to Eternity.  Perhaps somewhere in one of those you can find the dialogue you are looking for.  But if this movie was cheaply made I wonder if the Japanese officer is just speaking gibberish.  Someone translated Indian dialogue out of some old westerns once and it was just meaningless phrases.
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Not a bad idea but no go.  Thanks.