Main title from the 1973 ‘Banzai!’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)

The World at War (1973–74)



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| TV Episode | United Kingdom | B&W | Documentary, History, War | 51min
| Stars: Laurence Olivier, Lewis Bush, George Elliott
| E6 | 5th December, 1973

The rise of the Japanese Empire, the Sino-Japanese War, the Soviet-Japanese border conflicts, Pearl Harbor and the early Japanese successes in the fall of Malaya and Singapore

The World at War (1973-74) opening credits
The World at War (1973–74)
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Episode cast

Photo of Laurence Oliver narrating The World at War (1973-4). The actor is in rolled-up shirt sleeves while reading the script in front of a microphone
Himself – Narrator
Lewis Bush
Himself – Writer
George Elliott
Himself – Radar Unit Plotter
Mitsuo Fuchida
Himself – Led Pearl Harbor Attack
Minoru Genda
Himself – Planned Pearl Harbor Attack
Toshikazu Kase
Himself – Matsuoka’s Private Secretary
Koichi Kido
Himself – Emperor’s Chief Adviser
Ian Mutsu
Himself – Newsman
Masatake Okumiya
Himself – Pilot
Yuzuru Sanematsu
Himself – Naval Intelligence
J G Smyth
Himself – 17th Indian Infantry Division, Malaya
Ichiji Sugita
Himself – General Staff
Tomohiko Ushiba
Himself – Prime Minister’s Private Secretary
Takeo Yoshikawa
Himself – Spy at Pearl Harbor
Himself – Emperor of Japan (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler
Himself – Führer (archive footage)
Yosuke Matsuoka
Himself – Foreign Minister of Japan (archive footage)
Arthur Percival
Himself – Commonwealth General, Singapore (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin
Himself – Secretary General (archive footage)
Hideki Tojo
Himself – Prime Minister of Japan (archive footage)
Tomoyuki Yamashita
Himself – Japanese General (archive footage)
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Main title from the 1973 ‘Banzai!’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (2). Japan 1931-1942
Main title from the 1973 ‘Banzai!’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)


Peter Batty
Producer / Writer


Thames Television
Production company