Blood Oath (Prisoners of the Sun) (1990)

Blood Oath (Prisoners of the Sun)
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Director: Stephen Wallace
Actors: George Takei, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, John Polson, Deborah Unger

While rummaging through his father's garage, Screenwriter Brian A. Williams uncovered a forgotten piece of Australian history - inside an old shoebox he found transcripts of the largest war crime trial ever conducted, larger even than the famous Nuremberg trials; along with photos of human skulls and graves.

These transcripts unlocked the startling true story behind the wartime atrocities and controversial trials held in 1946 on the island of Ambon... the planned launching pad for the Japanese invasion of Australia.

The stories of the sadistic beatings, torture and mass murder sent shockwaves through the ensuing trials, culminating in an explosive showdown between Australian justice, American politics and the Japanese code of honour.

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe ("Gladiator") in his debut feature film, Bryan Brown ("Two Hands"), George Takei ("Star Trek"), Deborah Unger ("Hurricane") and John Polson ("Mission Impossible 2") head a brilliant cast in the movie that dramatically reveals for the first time the shattering secrets trapped within a BLOOD OATH.

Status: Normal
Run time: 108mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio Formats: English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired

Member Reviews (9)

A sad story. War is so futile.
Posted Monday, 4 March 2013 See my other reviews
Only a small section of the truth more needs to be told about similar stories. The truth will prevail
Posted Wednesday, 9 March 2011 See my other reviews
If you like your Australian / War history this is for you. Pretty boring screen rendition though.
Posted Tuesday, 1 March 2011 See my other reviews
The script was a bit flat, but I suppose the wirter didnt have much to work with. The acting was good, altough at times a little 'too directed' which made the actors look false. The anger didnt follow throrugh in actions from both sides, a little more physical action may have made the story more realistic. Bryan Brown did a good job (I usually like his acting), but felt the surrounding cast at times let the feel of the story slip through. perhaps more of a background story from the Japenese side and morelead up information before the story took place would have been good.
Posted Tuesday, 23 November 2010 See my other reviews
A remarkably well filmed and presented movie. Apart from being a more or less reasonably accurate version of a trial of Japanese war criminals on the Island of Ambon, it also presents the moral dilemma of people (the Allies) trying both to exact revenge on their erstwhile enemies and to maintain justice and fairness at the same time -- something many of the characters in the film, on both sides, find nearly beyond their ability. Was the killing of thousands of Japanese civilians by dropping the atom bomb "just", while the killing of Australian reconniasance pilots by the Japanese a "war crime"? To what extent is a soldier to be held guilty for obeying orders from above (the principle in the Nurenberg trials); and to what extent is that soldier's fear of his own execution if he does not obey orders a reson for obeying orders? -- Although entirely filmed on a set in Queensland, the movie is pretty convincing in its attempt to pretend it is Ambon. All the acting is very good to superb.
Posted Sunday, 23 September 2007 See my other reviews
Margaret C.
This was a in your face movie about the japanese treatment of pow's etc. And shows how the USA likes to control things to suit themselves. Always love Brian Brown
Posted Wednesday, 30 May 2007 See my other reviews
Jason G.
Good look at justi9ce in a world still really at War.
Posted Wednesday, 23 May 2007 See my other reviews
Good movie.The story is politically incorrect these days,but the message is loud and clear. Politicians allways win over truth, or the minnow get caught and the shark swims free.
Posted Wednesday, 18 October 2006 See my other reviews
Verity Daly
Most interesting.
Posted Wednesday, 25 May 2005 See my other reviews
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