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Farewell to the King (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 March 1989 (USA)
An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told... See full summary »

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An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The American is reluctant to rejoin the fight against the Japanese on the urging of a British commando team but conducts a war of vengeance when the Japanese attack his adopted people. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In the midst of war, one man vanished into the jungle, and emerged as king.

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Adiós al rey  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,420,917 (USA)
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Just before Lian the Magnificent's first line, he slaps three men in succession, much in the manner of The Three Stooges. See more »

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Lian the Magnificent's lips don't match his words. See more »

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Title Card: THE COAST OF BORNEO - April 1942 / Shortly after the fall of the Philippines the Japanese are triumphant in the Pacific
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The last king of Borneo
5 February 1999 | by (Rolla, MO) – See all my reviews

One person I know saw this movie and called it "Ramblonde" after Nick Nolte's long hair. Other people have characterized as an adaptation of King Lear.

"Farewell to the King" is really neither. It's a story about a man who finds his kingdom and himself against the backdrop of World War Two Borneo.

The movie is touching and dramatic about a man who leaves behind a war he didn't want and everything he knew, only to have to face it again. Many questions are raised about the meaning of loyalty and honor, and who is your enemy and your friend.

Not, it's definitely not a "Rambo" movie, more a tight and involving drama the way they used to make them.


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