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Prisoners of the Sun (1990)

Blood Oath (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 26 July 1990 (USA)
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The island of Ambon in Indonesia, 1945. During the War, the number of Australian POWs on the island had dropped from 1100 to less than 300 due to abuses by their Japanese captors. Capt. ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Wallace

Writers:

Denis Whitburn (screenplay), Brian A. Williams (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Captain Cooper
George Takei ... Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi
Terry O'Quinn ... Major Beckett
John Bach ... Major Roberts
Toshi Shioya Toshi Shioya ... Lt. Tanaka
John Clarke ... Sheedy
Deborah Kara Unger ... Sister Littell (as Deborah Unger)
John Polson ... Private Jimmy Fenton
Russell Crowe ... Lt. Corbett
Nicholas Eadie Nicholas Eadie ... Sgt. Keenan
Jason Donovan ... Private Talbot
Tetsu Watanabe ... Captain Ikeuchi
Sôkyû Fujita Sôkyû Fujita ... Mr. Matsugae
Ray Barrett ... President of the Bench
Kazuhiro Muroyama Kazuhiro Muroyama ... Lt. Noburo Kamura
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Storyline

The island of Ambon in Indonesia, 1945. During the War, the number of Australian POWs on the island had dropped from 1100 to less than 300 due to abuses by their Japanese captors. Capt. Cooper is the chief prosecutor. In a mass grave, the bodies of 300 executed servicemen have been unearthed. Cooper assumes that the massacre was ordered by Baron Takahashi, Japanese commander on Ambon. But the one potential witness has gone mad and is due to be shipped back to Australia. No captured airmen were found alive on the island at all, not even the four-man crew of a reconnaissance plane shot down late in the War. Takahashi is returned to the island in the custody of an American officer, Maj. Beckett. But there is little evidence with which to prosecute the Baron. Cooper thinks he could make a case for the missing airmen if only their bodies could be located. And why does Maj. Beckett appear interested in not seeing Takahashi convicted? Cooper gets a break when Lt. Tanaka, a communications ... Written by David Stanko

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Taglines:

Law and justice are not necessarily compatible . . . [UK Video] See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for momentary strong violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prisoners of the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Queensland, Australia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The war crimes trial and other events portrayed in this film are based on the recollections of Captain John Williams, the Australian prosecutor during the war crimes trails on Ambon and on official records. The trial was a significant one for Australia, convened due to the fact that three-quarters of the Australians captured on Ambon died before the war's end. Most of the Japanese characters are based on real Japanese soldiers. Ninety-three Japanese soldiers were tried and four were executed for their mistreatment of soldiers and civilian prisoners. (Note: John Williams is the father of the film's writer/ producer, Brian A. Williams.) See more »

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Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi: [referring to executed prisoners] I know nothing... about these men.
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Excellent.
29 June 2001 | by artzauSee all my reviews

There is a video for this film and it is a good one. The story, a post WW2 investigation of atrocities committed against allied prisoners of war by the Japanese Imperial Army, is a gripping one with an ironic twist. George Takei, the lovable Sulu from the old Star Trek plays a first class slime. Bryant Brown is dynamic (isn't he always) and there are other excellent performances turned in by Japanese actors Tetsu Watanabe and Toshi Shioya. This is not a film for the faint of heart. The story line often presented in flashback is tense and intense. The final scenes with their political agendized justice leaves all us with much to ponder. An excellent film in many respects. A wrenching portrait of a terrible time in our history. Check it out.


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