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Far East (1982)

A cynical Australian ex Nam war vet runs a sleazy bar in the Philippines. Hif old flame enters his life again asking for help since her husband, an investigative journalist is prosecuted by the junta for discovering too much.

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John Duigan

Writer:

John Duigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Morgan Keefe
Helen Morse ... Jo Reeves
John Bell John Bell ... Peter Reeves
Raina McKeon Raina McKeon ... Rosita Constanza
Henry Duval Henry Duval ... Rodolfo De Cruz (as Henry Duvall)
Sinan Leong Sinan Leong ... Nene
Bill Hunter ... Walker
John Clayton John Clayton ... Tony Alsop
Duc Sanh Lieu Duc Sanh Lieu ... Kip
Anna Rowena Anna Rowena ... Julia
Clive Marshall Clive Marshall ... Vinar
Allen Leong Allen Leong ... Lieutenant Gregorio
Francis Yin Francis Yin ... Arnulfo
John Krummel John Krummel ... Simon Talbot
Charito Ortez Charito Ortez ... Penny Alsop
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A cynical Australian ex Nam war vet runs a sleazy bar in the Philippines. Hif old flame enters his life again asking for help since her husband, an investigative journalist is prosecuted by the junta for discovering too much.

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Bryan Brown. Helen Morse. TOGETHER IN . . . FAR EAST See more »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Far East - idän poltteessa See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The name of the Asian city is never mentioned in the movie but it is unofficially supposed to be Manila in the Phillippines. See more »

Soundtracks

Surfer Joe
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Written by Ronald Wilson
Performed by The Surfaris
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Far East Man

Far East is just a reminder of how the 80's brought out fine Aussie films, while America just churned films out. We have basically two stories here that conflict in the second half. Bryan Brown being Bryan Brown, runs a sleazy bar in the Phillipines, where young, some really young, half clad phillies get their asses wigging and tits flapping to bar music (some tunes brought back memories) sort of acting as an agent you could say, with his pretty Asian partner and wife. In walks an old flame (Morse-really good) with new hubby journalist (Shakespearian king Bell) and memories and passion ignite, where soon they're making out, and taking baths together. Bell getting too close to the truth when investigation a poor worker's trade, among the ill fortunate of Asia, he's kidnapped by rebels, and as a favor to Morse, Brown brazenly hatches to get him and his woman informer, out of there, amongst explosions of gunfire, where you kind of get the feeling, they were watching their budget with this one, Filmco, an old Aussie production company behind it. Bell is really the film stealer here, where Morse sexes it up. Both are far better than Brown. It's hard to believe how little Bell done film wise, well may'be I think he just preferred theatre. The bedroom scene with his Asian wife early in the piece is quite hot, Browns fate, as the film climaxes, memorably tragic. Bill Hunter with a small part as a bar regular is pretty good too. A well made Aussie piece, with some well sought locations around Asia.


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