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Prisoners of the Sun (1990)

Blood Oath (original title)
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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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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:

A journey from blind justice to soaring compassion [Australia theatrical] 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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Deborah Kara Unger's feature film debut. See more »

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Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi: [referring to executed prisoners] I know nothing... about these men.
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shallow war crime melodrama
27 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Bryan Brown portrays a military lawyer prosecuting the garrison of a Japanese POW camp where 800 Aussie soldiers were killed during World War Two. Of course the whole notion of a war crimes trial is totally ridiculous, but director Stephen Wallace ignores the built-in ambiguities of the post-war legal inquisition to offer, instead, a holy crusade against the enemies of freedom, with enough courtroom histrionics to make Perry Mason blush: emotional outbursts; surprise witnesses; flashback re-enactments and so forth. The script makes no attempt to understand the enemy: most of the Japanese are inscrutable monsters, led by George Takei, who gets star billing with a five-minute walk-on role, presumably to lure the unwary Trekkie into seeing the film. The other villains are (predictably) the American overlords, represented by Terry O'Quinn, wearing sinister Douglas Macarthur-style sunglasses and making ominous references to a New World Order. The film is based on a true story, but the subject of war crimes and punishment deserves a deeper, more substantial treatment than this handsome, high-minded piece of fluff.


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