Here are some scenes from the Japanese NHK TV series Saka no Ue no Kumo (Clouds Above the Hill) depicting the naval Battle of Tsushima in 1905.
The special effects recreating the massive turn-of-the-century battleships in action are stunning – clouds of smoke belching from the funnels, seas crashing over the bows, spears of flame belching from the turrets.
Sarah Brightman singing ‘Stand Alone’ is a rather unexpected soundtrack for the visuals, but actually works really well.
I don’t know if this TV series has ever made it onto DVD, but it looks really interesting …
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Astonishing! In quite a number of ways actually. Not least because this was the sole major battle between 1900-era battleships and usually drops off the naval history radar these days. And it was the battle that effectively won the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-05, which from our perspective down here in the South Pacific transformed the popular imagined invasion peril from Russia to Japan. An unfortunate transition given that Japan was Britain’s ally at the time…But anyway. A spectacular piece of video – thanks for the heads-up!
At the time it was probably the most decisive naval battle since Trafalgar a century earlier.
What I love about the CGI is that the water looks right. You watch old movies made with model ships and a swimming pool and the wake is out of scale to the models.