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Broken Sun (2010)

 -  Drama  -  19 November 2010 (UK)
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The film, set in 1944, follows Jack, a WWI veteran, whose lost hopes and values lead to isolation and an empty feeling that is too hard to shake. This solitude abruptly ends when he meets ... See full summary »

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Crippled Soldier
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Padre
Katie Ditchburn ...
Mother
Steve Dodd ...
Aboriginal Man
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Shingo
Kuni Hashimoto ...
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Jack
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Guard
Sam O'Dell ...
Bill
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The film, set in 1944, follows Jack, a WWI veteran, whose lost hopes and values lead to isolation and an empty feeling that is too hard to shake. This solitude abruptly ends when he meets Masaru, an escaped Japanese POW. Suddenly Jack shows the first sign in many years of not giving in to death. Learning of a mass suicide breakout from the POW camp nearby, Jack and rifle march Masaru back to camp. None of this is new to Masaru, for him, death is constantly just around the corner. Both men understand that war is not a simple question of good versus evil but there are rules to which each man must act. Jack shows little compassion for Masaru and speaks freely about his thoughts on the Japanese. When pushed too far Masaru lashes back, revealing a will to fight and a fool in Jack. He can understand English. But it's not long before Jack finds solace in the fact that he is not alone. They are, after all, just two men in different uniforms talking to each other. Eventually a hint of ... Written by Brad Haynes

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What a gem!!!
29 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Broken Sun' is an excellent example of independent cinema: Bold, ambitious and intelligent.

I do not want to spoil the story to much for people who would love to see it. I can only say that it is set in 1944 in the Australian outback where an escaped Japanese soldier from a POW camp and an ex Australian soldier meet - needless to say that after that nothing will be the same. By the way, it is based on a true event - just in case you are one of those who love films based on reality.

What I really loved is the complex relationship between the Australian and Japanese characters. They are both tormented individuals though humane. There is no bad person or good person to blame or to praise. You, me, nobody can can judge or understand the real meaning of war unless you were there fighting with glory or scared to death.

Ultimately, the great success of 'Broken Sun' is to show the price paid by human beings when victims of deprivations, indignities and excessive pride. War annihilates people firstly inside and after outside. There is no return when we fight for something with weapons and regardless.

What a gem!!! It is a pity that it was only shown in a bunch of Theatres in Australia.

I am looking forward to watching it again on DVD.


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