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    The Last Imperial Soldier (Award Winning Hiroo Onoda Inspired Short Film)

    Hirō "Hiroo" Onoda (小野田 寛郎, Onoda Hirō, 19 March 1922 16 January 2014) was an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II and was a Japanese holdout who did not surrender at the war's end in August 1945. After the war ended Onoda spent 29 years hiding out in the Philippines until his former commander traveled from Japan to formally relieve him from duty by order of Emperor Shōwa in 1974.<b style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 17.5px; white-space: normal;"><i lang="ja-Latn" title="Hepburn transliteration"> Onada spent 3 decades waging guerrilla warfare against Filipino police and civilians.

    He had heard several times that Japan had surrendered in 1945-but thought he was being tricked.

    Eventually his commanding officer, wearing his former military uniform met with Onoda and ordered him to stand down.

    Upon returning to Japan he was unhappy with the drastic changes in that country-and moved to Brazil to manage a jungle farm.

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    Last year I listened to a Dan Carlin podcast about this soldier. The whole thing is such a fascinating story it's a little bit hard to believe it really happened. Really look forward to watching the film.

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