Wartime, 1942. Singapore. An Australian fighter pilot shot down in combat awakens suspended in the treetops. As night devours day, he must navigate through dangerous jungle in search of ...
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Wartime, 1942. Singapore. An Australian fighter pilot shot down in combat awakens suspended in the treetops. As night devours day, he must navigate through dangerous jungle in search of sanctuary. Transcending language and culture, CANOPY is a cinematic tour de force exploring the collision of war, nature and its impact on humanity.Written by
The character Ah Seng is apparently a member of the Dalforce unit (also known as the Singapore Overseas Chinese Anti-Japanese Volunteer Army) formed on 25 December 1941 by Lieutenant Colonel John Dalley of the Federated Malay States Police Force (Special Branch). The Dalforce unit of some 2,000 ethnic Chinese fighters fought alongside the 22nd Australian Brigade against the invading Japanese army up till the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942.
The Dalforce volunteer fighters were not issued with an official uniform or even helmets. Instead, each fighter wore a blue shirt, a yellow headscarf, and an insignia consisting of a red inverted triangular cloth on the right sleeve. See more »
[assuming Seng is enemy Japanese fighter, charges at him with fists up]
[urgently, in Hokkien]
Wait wait wait wait wait! Me...
[points to Dalforce armband, then in halting English]
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Traditional Hokkien Song
Performed by: 'Sin Sai Hong Hokkien Opera Troupe (Singapore)'
Played during opening sequence and end credits See more »
A very good movie that makes a very strong statement
Before I watch a movie I look at the plot summary and read a few reviews. There are a some very negative reviews of this movie here on IMDb and I am left wondering why these people watched the movie? A few seemed to think there should be more fighting and sophisticated effects. Some seemed to think there should have been a stronger story line. This is not that kind of movie folks. This is the kind of movie that requires the viewer to engage and think about the human condition. If you want banging and smashing action or a fairy tale story don't bother watching this movie. If your attention span is just long enough to manage handfuls of popcorn don't watch this movie. If you want to be engaged in a thought process then you are in for a treat. I was reminded very much of the classic war movie "Hell in the Pacific" as I watched. Here the two characters are comrades rather than adversaries but there are similarities in the lack of a common language and the reliance on strong visual images. I don't want to give away the plot or ending but without spoiling anything I can say the penultimate scene makes a very strong statement about how we remember the victims of a war. In summary people should watch movies according to their tastes. If you want big budget Hollywood action and a story don't bother with this movie, and moreover don't half watch it without concentrating and write a lambasting review. If you want something more existential and thought provoking, I recommend this movie to you.
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