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Return from the River Kwai (1989)

PG-13  |   |  War, Drama  |  14 April 1989 (UK)
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A group of war prisoners from the Kwai bridge building camp undertake a harsh journey to Japan.

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A group of war prisoners has spilt blood, sweat and tears to construct a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. Just when the bridge is ready, an American bomber arrives and destroys it. Camp commander Tanaka wants to set an example and orders that some of the prisoners must be executed. Just in time major Harada arrives with orders that the healthiest prisoners must be transported to Japan by train and boat. A treacherous journey since the allied forces keep a close eye on railroads and practically own the seas. The prisoners are thinking of plans to escape. Meanwhile the American bomber has been shot down and its pilot, Leyland Crawford, is being rescued by the indigenous people, the Meo. The Meo have formed a resistance group against the Japanese, led by the British colonel Grayson. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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El regreso del río Kwai  »

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Brazil Maru was a 5,860-ton cargo ship, completed in 1919. Requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) as a troop transport in October 1941. Just over 4 months after the events in this movie takes place, near the Inland Sea of Japan, the BRAZIL MARU strikes a mine about 1.5 miles off the Wada-misaki lighthouse and sinks near Kobe, Shikoku on May 25, 1945. See more »

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Shameful waste of cinema resources
17 August 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Good money and talent squandered in badly scripted, acted and directed action. To even call this nonsense anything to do with the 'River Kwai' shames the original film and dishonors the memory of the atrocities which occured trying to build the ill-fated Burma Railway.


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