Was it really like that?


Just watched the movie and although I enjoyed it, I didn't get how the two Australian guys were driving around like they owned the place. It sure made it seem like they were better off being POWs than off fighting alongside their non-POW buddies. Even the rough treatment Peter Finch gets could have been avoided had he not swiped the chickens. But besides that, would the Japanese allow POWs to drive around like that?

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The forced marches for the women apparently never really happened either. If it is not historically accurate, then this movie loses much of its appeal.

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I am sure the forced marches occurred but they were Dutch families.

Who's your fat friend?

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To quote Nevil Shute at the end of my copy of the novel:
" On the publication of this book, I expect to be accused of falsifying history, especially in regard to the march and death of the homeless women prisoners. I shall be told that nothing of the sort ever happened in Malaya and this is true. It happened in Sumatra."
He goes on to say he wrote the book after meeting a Dutch women who had experienced it, basing Jean's character on her and calling her "the most gallant lady I have ever met."



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It isn't difficult to come up with true stories similar to the one shown in the film. Of course, not all women captives of the Japanese had it so jolly: in Hong Kong they raped all of the nurses at the military hospital before bayoneting them to death as they had already done the wounded soldiers. One hospital ship leaving the Malay peninsula was sunk and the nurses upon reaching land were forced to walk into the shallows and machine gunned.

Of course, if you depicted those realities in film it would make for a short and awkward feature.

LL

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@corriganville.

I just watched it and have the same impressions that you have. Also, although the women were not treated so kindly, seemingly, they only marched one mile a day. Also, it seems like they had a lot of rest time. I wonder where their food came from.

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