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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Joan Blair (book) and
Clay Blair Jr. (book) ...
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Release Date:
13 July 1989 (West Germany) See more »
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A group of war prisoners from the Kwai bridge building camp undertake a harsh journey to Japan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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I wonder why it never got released in the US? See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Bottoms ... Seaman Miller

Nick Tate ... Lt. Commander Hunt

George Takei ... Lieutenant Tanaka

Edward Fox ... Major Benford
Paul Holm ... Benford's Patient

Chris Penn ... Lieutenant Crawford (as Christopher Penn)
Ronnie Lazaro ... Boonrod
Richard Graham ... Sergeant Perry

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Major Harada

Denholm Elliott ... Colonel Grayson
Anna Maria Tirol ... Meo Girl
Andres Tepongco ... Anon
Masato Nagamori ... Lieutenant Yamashita
Pierre Valderon ... Frenchman in Saigon
Patricia Edmondson ... Lady in Saigon
Sheila McLaglen ... Lady in Saigon
Lolita Mirpuri ... Lady in Saigon
Simplicio Cahilig ... Old Vietnamese Man
Sachiko Inoue ... Japanese Mother
Ryusuke Inoue ... Japanese Boy
Jimmy Guerrero ... Japanese Businessman
Etsushi Takahashi ... Captain Ozawa

Michael Dante ... Commander Davidson

Alexander Blaise ... Exec. Officer Clancy (also as Alexandre Blaise also) (as Blaise Alexandre)

Michael Kostroff ... Radio Man in submarine
Motoko Kobayashi ... Japanese Soldier
Masachi Tomori ... Japanese Soldier
Koji Kato ... Japanese Soldier
Kashinobu Shibata ... Japanese Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anders Carlsson ... British POW / soldier (uncredited)
Eric Hahn ... POW (uncredited)
James McKenzie ... POW (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Joan Blair (book "Return from the River Kwai") and
Clay Blair Jr. (book "Return from the River Kwai")

Sargon Tamimi (screenplay) and
Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Daniel Unger .... executive producer
Kurt Unger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Wooster (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Strachan 
 
Production Design by
Michael Stringer 
 
Production Management
Clive Challis .... production manager
Joey Romero .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Devis .... second unit director
Christopher Newman .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Gene Rose Singson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
William Trent .... footsteps editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nigel Williams .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Devis .... second unit cameraman
James Devis .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Frift .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Kitarô .... composer: Japanese theme (as Kitaro)
 
Other crew
David Kerney .... production accountant
Renée Glynne .... continuity (uncredited)
Biljana Mirkovic .... trainee (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Claude Hudson .... in memorium
Hide Matsunaga .... special thanks
George Takei .... special thanks
 

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101 min | Spain:97 min
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Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:All (theatrical rating) | Spain:13 | UK:15 | UK:15 (video rating) (1989) (1999) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:12 (f) (cut version) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating)
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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
I wonder why it never got released in the US?, 16 February 2003
Author: Michael A. Martinez (aylmer666@juno.com) from Los Angeles, CA

I just recently had the tawdry task of sitting through the Japanese version of this film, with all the English dialog subtitled in Japanese and all the Japanese dialog (and there is a lot of it) not subtitled, so admittedly I couldn't tell 100% exactly what was going on the whole time.

The film begins well, reminding me of an episode of "Black Sheep Squadron" with George Takei kicking around a band of misfit G.I.'s in Burma while they're constantly under attack by Allied planes. There's some good action sequences at this point, a staple of any of Andrew V. McLaglen's war films, but around the halfway mark the action dies down and it turns into a pretty dull movie about prisoners being escorted back to Japan. The climactic mutiny aboard the Japanese freighter and battle between a gunboat and an American submarine is just plain silly.

Chris Penn is totally useless this time around, and the subplot involving him and Denholm Elliott sneaking around behind enemy lines does nothing but distract us from the real story of all the prisoners. Edward Fox and Timothy Bottoms both come across as somewhat underused, but most of the Japanese cast, especially Tatsuya Nakadai (a Kurosawa regular), come off pretty well.

Overall this film comes across little more than an average TV war movie with minor action sequences, some better-than-average photography and special effects, but with a dull and meandering padded storyline. It's pretty dull, but the movie is decent enough to at least warrant some US distribution at some point in time.

Though RETURN FROM THE RIVER KWAI is not exactly terrible, this is a fairly unmemorable dud, and totally useless as a sequel to an undeniably great film.

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