In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of committing suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor.Written by
An extraordinary film. I watched this twenty years ago (saw it 3 times soon after) but had not seen it for some ten years until tonight. It moved me as much now as it did when I was so much more innocent and romantic and susceptible to sentiment. I'm harder now and far less forgiving but watching this tonight moved me immeasurably. Bowie's performance defies belief in its complexity and depth and the whole production is steeped in difficult to fathom layers of sexuality and stress and suffering and of probably decent men tormented by war and of being captives and captors. A nightmare you and I have the privileged of never experiencing because of the sacrifices of that generation. (It's soon out on DVD. Booked a copy on Play.com)
Where does this film stand in the all time greats and why has history been so indifferent to it? And why the measly 6.9 average? What is going on?
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