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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 Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command (1992) See more »


Requiem, Opus 84
by Gabriel Fauré
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London
Soprano, Aled Jones
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Superb Documentary
14 December 2007 | by chrisalders-1See all my reviews

This is the story of how Canadian servicemen were thoughtlessly hung out to dry and endure the onslaught of the Japanese Imperial Army during the latter's take-over of the British colony of Hong Kong in December of 1941.

One of the great questions arising from the documentary is how a group of soldiers who were previously serving barracks duty in the Jamaica could be put in harm's way, let alone confront the fearsome Japanese. The filmmakers re-construct the chain of events expertly, thereby allowing the viewer to inhabit an emotion of outrage on behalf of those Canadian troops.

Contrary to another reviewer's opinion, I hold that there is ample evidence in the film which documents the wholesale neglect claimed by the film's directors. Not only does the Canadian government look awful but so too do the British. By letting racist constructs determine their level of preparedness, the British added to the tragedy.

This film is a testament to the notion that governments determine when wars are fought and citizens are the ones who pay the ultimate consequences.

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