Dawn of Freedom

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Ano hata o ute korehidōru no saigo (あの旗を撃て コレヒドールの最後) (Filipino: Liwayway ng Kalayaan) also known as Dawn of Freedom,[1] and Shoot That Flag: The End of Corregidor[2] is a 1943 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Yutaka Abe and Gerardo de León.


Opening credits starts as the narrator speaking about in December 8, 1941 Japan, is accepting the challenge of the Western powers rises in arms after having had to stand by for years watching rapacious America and Britain tread upon the enslaved peoples of East Asia. Japan expeditionary forces are rushed to various places in the vast areas of Greater East Asia in order to drive out the Western powers. The first blow in the Philippines is death when Nippon warplanes raid Clark Air Base and Iba airfield on December 8.

The story of the Japanese victory at the Battle of Corregidor and the U.S. military's hasty retreat from the islands. The film presented the Japanese as Asian liberators who came to free the Filipinos from decades of colonial oppression. Sub-Corporal Ikejima (Heihachiro Okawa) helps a young boy named Toni (Ricardo Pasion), the younger brother of Capt. Garcia (Fernando Poe Sr.), to walk again after a car accident.

About the Film

Japanese movie poster for Ano hata o ute (upper) and for Kato hayabusa sento-tai.

The film was premiered in Tokyo on February 5, 1944. Originally entitled Hitō sakusen (比島作戰) or Philippine Operation , it was changed to Ano hate o ute or literally, “Shoot That Flag.” For the Philippines it was decided to use The Dawn of Freedom or Liwayway ng Kalayaan.

The use of Filipino and American prisoners of wars as extras in the film became a matter of controversy after the end of the war. [3]

Cast and Staff


  • Sponsor: Ministry of Army
  • Production : Kazuo Takimura
  • Director: Yutaka Abe, Gerardo de Leon
  • Shooting: Yoshiaki Miyajima , Hiroshi Takeuchi
  • Screenplay: Yagi Ryuichiro , Oguni Hideo
  • Special Technical Director: Eiji Tsuburaya , Eizo Mitani
  • Music: Kunio Kasuga
  • Art Director: Kitao Hideo , Kitazuo
  • Editor: Toshio Goto


Japanese soldiers[4]

Filipino soldiers and civilians

US Army and officers

  • Burt Leroy
  • Johnny Arville – Captain Adams
  • Frankie Gordon
  • Franco Garcia – Captain Smith
  • E.S. (Ted) Lockard – US Army men (opening scene)
  • Weldon Hamilton – Bataan surrender scene
  • Burton C. Galde – Bataan surrender scene


Dawn of Freedom was released in DVD on January 20, 2015 by Deagostini.