A number of German soldiers have been taken prisoner during World War I and are incarcerated in Japan. The camp and its commander, however, have opted to not mistreat the prisoners, which contributes to a more effective imprisonment and better atmosphere for both sides. The Germans are allowed recreation and perform Beethoven's Ode To Joy in Japan. Moreover, the Germans introduce a baking tradition to their captors, but the style of the bread does stop at the prison's gates.
Did You Know?
Many of the German soldiers in the movie were not Germans, but Hungarians, Russians, Norwegians, Swedes, Americans, British and Canadian people. Many of which were students from Universities from around the Kansai area, like Osaka and Kyoto. Thus, when the soldiers were going to shout and talk and make noises, only the German people and people who could pronounce perfect, or good enough German were allowed to say something. See more