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A Savage Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong (1992)



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Credited cast:
Terence McKenna Terence McKenna ... Narration (voice)
Andrew Tarbet ... John Payne
Jean-Michel Henry Jean-Michel Henry ... Armand Bourbonniere
Randy Hughson Randy Hughson ... Laurie Mackay
David Hewlett ... Walter Jenkins
Keibo Oiwa Keibo Oiwa ... Japanese officer
Greg Spottiswood Greg Spottiswood ... John Stroud
Paul-Augustin Querton Paul-Augustin Querton ... Roger Cyr
Brooke Johnson ... Kay Christie
Martin Julien ... Les Canivet
Andrew Miller ... Ike Friesen
Jeremy Ratchford ... Fred Reich
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinsuki Adachi Shinsuki Adachi ... Himself (Japanese Imperial Army)
Robert Clayton Robert Clayton ... Himself (Royal Rifles of Canada) (as Bob Clayton)
Bob Grillo Bob Grillo ... Himself (US Navy)


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Documentary | Drama | War






English | Japanese

Release Date:

12 January 1992 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La bataille de Hong Kong See more »

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This is a true story. In some cases actors speak the documented words of soldiers and nurses. There is no fiction. See more »


Followed by In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944 (1992) See more »


Requiem, Opus 84
by Gabriel Fauré
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London
Soprano, Aled Jones
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False Accusation
16 April 2007 | by tombaginskiSee all my reviews

This documentary implies that the Canadian government sent a battalion of troops to Honk Kong on the eve of the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbor knowing that they would be slaughtered once war began. These accusations are not supported by historical evidence and those parts of the film are generally regarded as having been included specifically to stir controversy and so publicity.

The public outcry in Canada over this film nonetheless did not hurt the producers, whose careers skyrocketed after its production.

I would encourage anyone wishing to see Savage Christmas to do so with a grain of salt.

Other than the accusation described above, the film is well-produced and smoothly done, but it should perhaps be filed more in the category of history-based film, such as John Cameron's "Titanic" than as a documentary.

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