Uncut - 02/01/2005
"A culture-clash curiosity with grace and edge..."
Total Film - 11/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "Tom Conti's rueful performance gives heart to an intelligent, moving study of humanity in an inhuman situation."
Uncut - 11/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "Oshima prods at oppositional political systems, ethics and codes of conduct....Bowie is excellent..."
A taut psychological drama about clashing cultures and the human will to survive. A British Army officer in a Japanese P.O.W. camp wages a war of wills with his strict and often belligerent captors.
Transferred from a military prison in Batavia, a British major is sentenced to a Japanese prison camp on Java in 1942. There, he clashes psychologically, culturally and physically with the camp's commander who is, in truth, infatuated with him. Despite the harshness of life in the camp, the major, along with fellow prisoner, John Lawrence, gain an understanding and hard-won respect for the Japanese code of honor.
Prison / Prisoners |
Theatrical Release |
World War II
A Japanese-British co-production.
Filmed in Rarotonga, Cook Islands and New Zealand, in Panavision.