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Hell in the Pacific (1968)

 -  Drama | War  -  18 December 1968 (USA)
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During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?

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During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he guards it to deny its use to the Yank, who then steals it, its proceeds or the idea and/or ruins it. Yet each gets his chance to kill and/or capture the other, but neither pushes this to the end. After a while of this pointless pestering, they end up joining forces to build and man a raft... Written by KGF Vissers

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They hunted each other as enemies...they tormented each other as savages...they faced each other as men! See more »

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Infierno en el Pacífico  »

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Both Lee Marvin and Toshirô Mifune actually served in the Pacific during World War II, of course on opposing sides. See more »

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American Pilot: How come you guys don't believe in God?
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Down in the Cane Brake
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Sung by Lee Marvin
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Crummy title - Great movie about human beings!
11 February 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A Japanese naval officer and an American pilot find themselves stranded alone on a desert island during WWII. How would you react to being marooned with a dangerous enemy? This film is an obscure treasure that should be better known. I suspect that people are put off by the cheesy and unsuitable title. The film explores the evolving relationship of two men from different cultures as they each struggle to find the best way to survive. Their collective fate is an exploration of the human condition.

One outstanding feature of this film is that it is in both Japanese and English, intentionally without sub-titles. An American or Japanese audience could watch this film and appreciate its message. This duality serves to heighten the cultural differences between the two men, and it is cultural bias that is the true enemy.

Buy it, it's a keeper!


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