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Prisoners of the Sun (1990)

Blood Oath (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 26 July 1990 (USA)
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:
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Captain Cooper
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Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi
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Major Beckett
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Major Roberts
Toshi Shioya ...
Lt. Tanaka
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Sheedy
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Sister Littell (as Deborah Unger)
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Private Jimmy Fenton
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Lt. Corbett
Nicholas Eadie ...
Sgt. Keenan
Jason Donovan ...
Private Talbot
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Captain Ikeuchi
Sokyu Fujita ...
Mr. Matsugae
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President of the Bench
Kazuhiro Muroyama ...
Lt. Noburo Kamura
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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. 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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A journey from blind justice to soaring compassion [Australia theatrical] See more »

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Rated R for momentary strong violence | See all certifications »
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The composition of the execution shot is based on a photo of the execution of an Australian soldier, Sergeant Leonard Siffleet. The photo was found in the possessions of a dead Japanese soldier. The original was published in LIFE magazine and can be seen on the Australian War memorial website (collections ID number 101099). See more »

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Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi: [referring to executed prisoners] I know nothing... about these men.
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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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