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The group of women from different countries and social levels are prisoners in a Japanese POW camp, where one of them, Adrienne, who is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, organizes a vocal band in spite of their guards resistance. Written by
When the film ends, the war has ended. In reality, as the closing statement mentions, the women did not leave the P.O.W camp for another two weeks, as Alllied soldiers did not arrive at the the Belalau internment camp (the most remote of them all) until a fortnight after the end of the war. At this time, they were taken to Singapore and Sumatra where they received medical treatment and after that they returned to their various homes. See more »
An early night scene of the women swimming ashore (set in the week after 10 February 1942) shows the full moon. The moon was between last quarter and new moon that week. See more »
Allied soldiers did not arrive in Belalau, the most remote internment camp in Sumatra, for a further two weeks. The women and children were taken to Singapore and Jakarta for medical treatment. They then returned to their homelands. The vocal orchestra performed over thirty works in 1943 and 1944. It ceased when half its members died, and the remainder were too weak to continue.
The music in this film was performed from the original scores, which survived the war. Lifelong ...
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A little slow to start, but the plot picks up early in the film, and leaves you thinking about "What would you do in their position?" - not just the women internees, but also the Japanese Soldiers involved at the time. All are involved with their own emotions, as controlled from 'authorities' above them.
Based on a true event, you can watch this film and empathise with all of the characters (both 'Goodies' and 'Baddies'). You'll be left thinking very hard about the persons who 'did it' for real.
In the middle of the film, when the Vocal Orchestra perform Dvorak's "New World Symphony" without instruments, and at the end of the film, "Londonerry Air" (Oh Danny Boy), a box of tissues may be required accessories.
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