It's definately not a "japanese propaganda film". A comprehensive and entertaining film, not only for history buffs, that dare to look beyond horizons and past simple complexions.
Not a sanitized documentary to inform you about the technical aspect of a tragedy, this is a movie that will add the human touch to it. As seen from the point of view of a female restaurant operator, who treats this class of young pilots like her sons. They are depicted as victims of their culture and WW2 period, too imature to question the authority of atrocious orders.
The movie contains some very good CGI special effects, and the final attack contains some stunning scenes.
They are spectacular with deadly outcome.
The weaponry, airplanes, ships and other military facilities have been carefully researched, to add an authentic touch. The 130 minutes allow some character develpment, the acting is believable, even for an audience with limited knowledge of japanese culture. The film ends on a tragic note, and will stick with you for a while to digest.
It will make you think, how it can happen over and over again, that young people get drawn into sacrifice themselves for questionable causes, and what could be done to prevent it.