Empire of the Sun




 
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May 15th, 2014  
dadsgirl
 
 

Topic: Empire of the Sun


Thought it be an excellently made movie. 1941... The Japanese start attacking parts of China that were under British rule. A privileged boy separated from his parents... I still remember the drag marks on the floor, he called for his mum. He tried to survive in the streets, avoiding authorities, the urchin he became. But, with other "foreigners" ,was thrown into a POW camp. Near an air strip. He gained respect for all- this includes the Japanese officers. Every morning he sang their national anthem. They noticed and in turn, was given an odd "respect" and a Japanese bomber jacket. He brought joy to the prisoners, even dignity.
I think only a child would sing the enemy's national anthem. They are born with " clean slates" and fresh hearts. If you have not seen it, well, it's a long one but worth it. Semi-autobiographical
May 16th, 2014  
Sara
 
 
Yes, this is one the best too, loved it.
May 16th, 2014  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Has a movie it wasn't bad, but as historic fact its well off.
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March 19th, 2015  
BritinAfrica
 
 
A far more accurate TV series was Tenko, based on the true story of civilian Australian, British, Dutch women and children prisoners of the Japanese. But even that didn't tell the whole story of the brutality handed out by Japanese guards and the starvation diet.
March 19th, 2015  
JOC
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
A far more accurate TV series was Tenko, based on the true story of civilian Australian, British, Dutch women and children prisoners of the Japanese. But even that didn't tell the whole story of the brutality handed out by Japanese guards and the starvation diet.
Basically the Japanese treated all prisoners like dirt. Starving, overworking, executing and torturing them. > than 30% of the American POW's didn't survive captivity. Those that did were skin and bones and often had diseases. It was the same for British and common wealth POW's. It's a miracle that any of them lived. Surprisingly they treated Asian prisoners just as bad. Chinese, Philippino’s, Malays were given the same brutal treatment. Apparently much like their German counter parts they had quite the superiority complex.
There was a movie "The Great Raid" about where the Americans liberated a camp "camp Cabanatuan" just as the Japs were about to execute 500 American POW's. A true movie and a good watch.
March 19th, 2015  
BritinAfrica
 
 
My uncle John RAF VR, was captured in Java, ending up in Sandekan north west Borneo. He was murdered by Japanese guards 26th March 1945 aged 22. He has no known grave.

Out of over 2500 Australian and British POW's only 6 Australians survived, only 3 were fit enough to testify at the war crimes trail of Captain Hoshijima CO who was found guilty of war crimes and hanged on 6 April 1946. Capt Takakuwa and his second-in-charge, Capt Watanabe Genzo, were found guilty of causing the murders and massacres of prisoners-of-war and were hanged and shot on 6 April 1946 and 16 March 1946 respectively.

Captain Hoshijima bit the hangman as he was led to the gallows.

Hanging was too good for them.

Nelson Short, William H. Sticpewich and Keith Botterill; three of the six only survivors of the death marches.
March 19th, 2015  
JOC
 
 
Well I'm glad they got him anyways. A lot of Japs got away with war crimes.
March 20th, 2015  
BritinAfrica
 
 
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Well I'm glad they got him anyways. A lot of Japs got away with war crimes.
Far too many. Hirohito should have been hanged along side he mate Tojo. Japanese schools even today skirt around Japanese atrocities in China and WW2.
March 20th, 2015  
JOC
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
Far too many. Hirohito should have been hanged along side he mate Tojo. Japanese schools even today skirt around Japanese atrocities in China and WW2.
It would be a joke to say Hirohito the head honcho wasn't aware of what was going on. For cripes sake they murdered ~ 10 million.
March 20th, 2015  
tetvet
 
One needs to understand that the Japanese Army Privates life was not much better than the Prisoners that he guarded , he was feed true but he was subject to brutal beatings and punishments from his superiors for the slightest infraction so he wasn't very sympathetic to how a prisoner was treated .
 


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