Changi (2001)

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Changi follows the story of six young Australian mates who go to war. They land in Singapore in 1942, just in time for the surrender. They are marched off to Changi prison camp along with ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Eddie (6 episodes, 2001)
 Bill Dwyer (6 episodes, 2001)
 Gordon Yates (6 episodes, 2001)
 David Collins (6 episodes, 2001)
Mark Priestley ...
 John 'Curley' Foster (6 episodes, 2001)
 Tom (6 episodes, 2001)
 Guillaume Koper (6 episodes, 2001)
Gotaro Tsunashima ...
 Lieutenant Aso (6 episodes, 2001)
Shingo Misawa ...
 Colonel Nakamura (6 episodes, 2001)
 Colonel Smythe (6 episodes, 2001)
William Upjohn ...
 CSM Bryson (6 episodes, 2001)
Dean Atkinson ...
 Bernie (6 episodes, 2001)
Joel McIlroy ...
 Bertie Jenkins (6 episodes, 2001)
Alan Morris ...
 James (6 episodes, 2001)
 Rowdy (6 episodes, 2001)
Ichiro Harada ...
 Guard (6 episodes, 2001)
 Guard (6 episodes, 2001)
Scott Youll ...
 Guard (6 episodes, 2001)
Lawrence Puang ...
 Guard (5 episodes, 2001)
 Lofty Morgan (4 episodes, 2001)
Ian Bolt ...
 Father Paul (3 episodes, 2001)
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
 Older David Collins (2 episodes, 2001)
Frank Wilson ...
 Older Gordon (2 episodes, 2001)
Terry Norris ...
 Older Bill Dwyer (2 episodes, 2001)
Slim DeGrey ...
 Older John 'Curley' Foster (2 episodes, 2001)
Bill Kerr ...
 Older Eddie (2 episodes, 2001)
Ishihara Tatsumi ...
 Captain Shindo (2 episodes, 2001)
Andrew James Mead ...
 Captain Lovegrove (2 episodes, 2001)
Peter Carroll ...
 Doctor Hurrell (2 episodes, 2001)
Peter Gow ...
 Guard / ... (2 episodes, 2001)
Victor Ng ...
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Changi follows the story of six young Australian mates who go to war. They land in Singapore in 1942, just in time for the surrender. They are marched off to Changi prison camp along with 15,000 others. Together, the six boys struggle to survive three and a half years of incarceration. Written by Aubrey Leong

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Set dressings were researched from photographs and WWII veterans and obtained from a variety of sources, including the ABC prop store, other Sydney prop houses, private collections, auctions, and second hand stores. See more »


[The Secret Nine are trying to distract a Japanese soldier.]
David: Well, let's see. We've got our English-Japanese dictionary.
Eddie: Great. Let's look up, "Hey, you, look over there." That's sure to work.
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Loved this DVD
17 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have an advantage in reading other's comments before making my own. I have heard this "accuracy" comment about other movies/mini-series before and I really don't understand people's statements. Visual stories about historical events are never accurate unless they are documentaries. Beautiful Mind, and Seabiscuit are both examples of movies about true events that were off the mark where telling the whole truth is concerned.

I liked Changi because it showed the effects of war on soldiers both at the time of the event, and on their future lives. I thought the flash backs, both forward and backward, were fine--after all I want to watch a story that makes me use my brain, not just be mindlessly entertained. I thought the humor at times was sophomoric, but weren't most the soldiers in WWII of the age to be sophomoric? I loved the music, and I thought the "Singing Detective" type transition into song was very believable here, as the human mind in times of stress, pain, and torture will use its own devices to preserve sanity--the song sequences could be the writer's depiction of one way the human soul protects itself. How many of you have experienced completely weird dreams while suffering from an illness accompanied by high fever?--this is my point. As to the Japanese captors and the way they were portrayed--the commander here was, in my opinion, a detached person that let his underlings assume all of the responsibility for the horrid treatment of the POWs while the commander fed his bird and listened to music--totally detached, and I think in the end out of touch with reality. As for Lt. Aso, it was plain to see that this character was both bitter and jealous and took this out on his charges. Lt. Aso was bitter that he was not in the thick of the war instead of being stuck at Changi in charge of insulting, spirited, enemy prisoners. He also could not figure out why these enemy soldiers made jokes to laugh at, and sang songs to buoy their spirits.

I also thought the story showed that in a normal situation these six blokes would not have been friends. Their personalities were to varied--from the supremely bright to the un-educated; incredibly brave to perpetually cowering; passively innovative to unbelievably creative. However, under the situation of a POW camp these diverse individuals came together and drew from each other's strengths in order to survive, and in that situation became mates. Rowdy was the father/headmaster figure that the six turned to in times of trouble that was above their expertise. Rowdy also was available to buck them up when their spirits were flagging, and gave them hope that they would survive.

I'm buying this DVD for my WWII collection.

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