May 09, 2005 12:00 PM


PBS (Mon., May 2, 9 p.m. ET)

[STARS 3.5]

There’s nothing celebratory about this valuable American Experience documentary on the last year of World War II in the Pacific theater. The main theme is not the glory of victory but its terrible price.

American and Japanese witnesses recall the firebombing of Tokyo, the kamikaze strikes against U.S. ships and the savage 82-day struggle for control of Okinawa. The film lacks depth in its treatment of the A-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but Victory is a memorable study of war’s brutality, folly and grim exigencies.

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