Hell in the Pacific

1968

Hell in the Pacific

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This grueling, disturbing documentary argues that although World War II offered many hellish environments - from New Guinea swamps, to sweltering Philippine jungles, to the frozen Russian tundra - no sphere was as miserable and inhumane as the torture-filled prison camps to which the Japanese strong-armed their Allied Captives. The film takes viewers inside of the said camps, via interviews with survivors, discussions with historians, startling archival footage, and much more.

Cast

Lee Marvin
as American Pilot
Toshiro Mifune
as Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda

Critic Reviews for Hell in the Pacific

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (6)

Audience Reviews for Hell in the Pacific

  • Dec 05, 2009
    interesting to see toshiro mifune in a yank effort but it works. he gets to act while him and marvin go head to head. essentially kurosawa did drama so if mifune was to simply have been plonked into some action it would've been a waste. dark dramatic survival!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2008
    Great concept, and as usual, John Boorman's execution is just as stellar.
    Michael S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2008
    this is a solid film. with only two actors in the entire film performances needed to be great to carry the movie, i felt that marvins performance lacked a little but mifune more than made up for it. the dynamic of the characters was great and the decision to not use subtitles in order to give the audience the same feel of confision that the characters felt was a great one. really good movie.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2008
    Highly disappointing, I'm not buying this as a classic. The only reason I watched this was for Mifune, but you never learn how they arrived or how long they've been on the island--you don't even learn their names. Lee Marvin is a bitch to Toshiro Mifune for some unknown reason, but Toshiro doesn't really have to exert himself this movie. I give it credit for the ending, though; it seems that every 60's adventure/scifi movie ends that way (La Jetee, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, etc). The last 20 minutes were more interesting than the entire first hour and a half, we finally start to humanize the story.
    a b Super Reviewer

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