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Jennifer Jason Leigh,
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
The final credits state that the vocal orchestra performed over thirty works in the P.O.W camp during 1943 and 1944. It discontinued performing though when about half of the members had died and the remaining survivors were not well enough to participate. See more »
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What can I say, except that attacking the enemy is a characteristic of war.
The Prince Albert was full of women and children, not soldiers.
A matter of regret.
More than that. There's a Geneva Convention laying down the rules of war.
Japan has signed no Geneva Convention. If war has began, it can only mean the time for rules has ended. The aim is to win.
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First class work here. The film follows a group of women captured in Asia by the Japanese, and interned as enemy aliens. It shows the inhuman brutality that the Japanese inflicted on anyone they considered to be of an inferior race. (i.e. not Japanese) (for that matter anyone not samurai) As a coping mechanism, and partially in defiance of their captors, the women form a vocal orchestra, playing the parts of classical music with only their voices. The music soothes the women, those in the orchestra, and those who aren't. The Japanese soldiers even come to enjoy the sound, and the atrocity rate drops a couple of notches.
Stand out performances abound here. In fact I can't really single out any of the cast. They were all good, including the Japanese actors. I had thought from the reviews that the music would be the largest part of the film, with just the backdrop of the prison camp, but it really wasn't. I recommend this film.
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