How did Corporal King get such a cushy life in the POW camp?
Having watched the film, one thing that seemed to elude me was a plausible explanation (or demonstration) of the means by which Corporal King (George Segal) got to live such a remarkably cushy, privileged life in the Changi POW Camp. He must have had some pull with higher-up Japanese camp officials, but what this pull was or how it was put into effect was never shown or even really discussed in the film.
I assume the novel upon which this is based goes into it in greater detail. Anybody care to clue me in?