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Return from the River Kwai (1989)

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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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Seaman Miller
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Lt. Commander Hunt
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Lieutenant Tanaka
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Boonrod
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Colonel Grayson
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Meo Girl
Andres Tepongco ...
Anon
Masato Nagamori ...
Lieutenant Yamashita
Pierre Valderon ...
Frenchman in Saigon
Patricia Edmondson ...
Lady in Saigon
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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 it's 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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13 July 1989 (West Germany)  »

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El regreso del río Kwai  »

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This film is not based on the novel 'Le pont de la rivière Kwaï' ("The Bridge on the River Kwai") by Pierre Boulle. See more »

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Follows The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

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Rule Britannia
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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Arranged by Lalo Schifrin
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Too Cliched
18 August 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

A sequel to BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI seems like a bad idea but RETURN FROM THE RIVER KWAI is unrelated to the David Lean classic apart from the title. This film does unlike the other Kwai film give us a realistic portrayal of Japanese P.O.W camps with amputations carried out on fully conscious patients and summary executions but that`s all it has in it`s favour . The characters are stereotypes with the British all stiff upper lipped while the Aussies call everyone " Mate " and say " P**s off " a lot


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