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Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
"Blood Oath" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  26 July 1990 (USA)
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The island of Ambon in Indonesia, 1945. During the War, the number of Australian POWs on the island had dropped from 1100 to less than 300 due to abuses by their Japanese captors. Capt. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Cooper
Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi
Major Beckett
Major Roberts
Toshi Shioya ...
Lt. Tanaka
John Clarke ...
Sister Littell (as Deborah Unger)
Private Jimmy Fenton
Lt. Corbett
Nicholas Eadie ...
Sgt. Keenan
Jason Donovan ...
Private Talbot
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Captain Ikeuchi
Sokyu Fujita ...
Mr. Matsugae
President of the Bench
Kazuhiro Muroyama ...
Lt. Noburo Kamura


The island of Ambon in Indonesia, 1945. During the War, the number of Australian POWs on the island had dropped from 1100 to less than 300 due to abuses by their Japanese captors. Capt. Cooper is the chief prosecutor. In a mass grave, the bodies of 300 executed servicemen have been unearthed. Cooper assumes that the massacre was ordered by Baron Takahashi, Japanese commander on Ambon. But the one potential witness has gone mad and is due to be shipped back to Australia. No captured airmen were found alive on the island at all, not even the four-man crew of a reconnaissance plane shot down late in the War. Takahashi is returned to the island in the custody of an American officer, Maj. Beckett. But there is little evidence with which to prosecute the Baron. Cooper thinks he could make a case for the missing airmen if only their bodies could be located. And why does Maj. Beckett appear interested in not seeing Takahashi convicted? Cooper gets a break when Lt. Tanaka, a communications ... Written by David Stanko

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Drama | War

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Rated R for momentary strong violence | See all certifications »


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26 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Prisoners of the Sun  »

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The war crimes trial and other events portrayed in this film are based on the recollections of Captain John Williams, the Australian prosecutor during the war crimes trails on Ambon and on official records. The trial was a significant one for Australia, convened due to the fact that three-quarters of the Australians captured on Ambon died before the war's end. Most of the Japanese characters are based on real Japanese soldiers. Ninety-three Japanese soldiers were tried and four were executed for their mistreatment of soldiers and civilian prisoners. (Note: John Williams is the father of the film's writer/ producer, Brian A. Williams.) See more »


Captain Ikeuchi: I know nothing of any executions!
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Enjoyable but heavy in parts
2 January 1999 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This film is well made and well cast. The story-line is fairly easy to follow and has just the right amount of action. However, in places the action can be somewhat heavy... although this can only really be expected of a film on this theme. If you like war-time court-room dramas then you will enjoy this film. It is not predictable and the characters are believable.

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