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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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Mediocre follow-up from immortal film realized with low budget 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 in closing credits) (as Blaise Alexandre in opening credits)

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)
Kitarô .... producer: 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 in selected theatres)
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 (MPAA rating: certificate #29346) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut version) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating)
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The film's opening prologue states: "In February 1945, planes from the 493rd Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps bombed and destroyed the bridges on the River Kwai in Japanese-occupied Thailand. This film is based on the true events which happened during that period."See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre follow-up from immortal film realized with low budget, 19 October 2008
Author: ma-cortes

By summer 1943on the Asian mainland, Japanese troops had overrun much of the southeast Asia. They had conquered what is now Malasya and Burma. The British defenders and their allied had retreated north and west into India. The bridge of the River Kwai was placed on the so-called ¨Burma road¨stretched north from the Burmese , Rangoon, into southern China, It combined a railroad with a winding track through the high mountains near the Chinese border . There had many valuable natural resources, including large large oil fields, and Japan's victory in 1942 cut off the only land route into China from outside. The mountain and jungle of Burma were some of the most demanding environments for fighting in the whole war. Burma and Thailand was strategically valuable, however , it guarded the supply routes to China where were a million Japanese troops, but in such a huge country even that number could not win a decisive victory over the Allied. In Thailand working for building a bridge over the River Kwai were a group of war prisoners, mostly Australian and Brits, Maj. Benford(Edward Fox),Cmdr Hunt(Nick Tate),Seaman Miller(Timothy Bottoms) among others, under rigid orders of camp of concentration's commandant Tanaka(George Takei). Cruel conditions in the concentration camp make life very difficult and the climate also had a significant impact on the prisoners. Meantime the bridge is bombing by American aircraft piloted by lieutenant Crawford(Chris Penn, recently deceased), but he's gunned down ,being picked up by the Meo,an indigenous tribe. The Meo have created a resistance group commanded by British colonel Grayson(Demholm Elliott).Then the convicts find many dangerous as they are transported by rail and later shipped by sea to serve as slave workers. As they pass throughout several places and cities,Nonh Penh, Saigon until embark into a freighter, but an Allied submarine sight the ship..

The film is following from classic'Bridge on the river Kwai¨and starts where the original terminated with the explosion of the bridge. It's an inferior version and made in a television style. The motion picture is based on true events written by Clay and Joan Blair. The picture is middling directed by Andrew V. McLagen, Victor McLagen's son.

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