|Byakkotai - The White Tiger Battalion|
2 Parts TV Mini Series
Directed by: N/A
Starring: Morishige Hisaya, Satomi Kotaro, Tanba Tetsuro, Tsuyuguchi Shigeru
The Byakkotai have been the topic of many plays, books, films, and TV series. One notable TV depiction was produced in 1986; another, more recently, was the 2007 TV drama.
Byakkotai was part of Aizu's four-unit military, set up in the domain's drive to finalize its military modernization, in the wake of the Battle of Toba-Fushimi. The other three units were Genbutai, Seiryūtai, and Suzakutai. Each of the four was named after the protecting gods of compass directions. Byakkotai was meant to be a reserve unit, as it was composed of the young teenage 16 to 17 year old sons of Aizu samurai in a group around 350, who fought in the Boshin War (1868–1869).
1986 Color Fullscreen (4:3) 2 Disc Set 283 Min.
Japanese Language with Optional English Subtitles