Blood Oath (Prisoners of the Sun)

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In 1945, a tribunal was held to investigate atrocities committed by the Japanese upon Australian soldiers during World War II. At an internment camp, 1100 Australian soldiers were tortured and killed by the Japanese, with only 300 survivors. This horrible event was not known until a terrible discovery of decapitated corpses was made at a grisly site on Ambon Island in Indonesia after the war. Stephen Wallace directed this courtroom drama based on the incident and follows the intrepid investigator who uncovers the truth behind the missing Australian soldiers. Bryan Brown plays Captain Cooper, the prosecutor of the case, in which 91 Japanese officers and soldiers are accused of murdering the Australian prisoners-of-war. The chief defendants are camp commander Takahashi (George Takei) and Captain Ikeuchi (Tetsu Watanabe). Takahashi denies knowing anything about the atrocities, as does Ikeuchi. Nevertheless, Cooper presses on to undercover the truth. But standing in his way is the American delegation, led by Major Beckett (Terry O'Quinn). They don't want a case to go forward that would reflect badly on the Japanese high command, since General MacArthur wants to reinstate many of the Japanese officers in a new postwar Japanese order.


Bryan Brown
as Captain Cooper
George Takei
as Vice Admiral Baron Takahashi
Deborah Kara Unger
as Sister Carol Littell
Terry O'Quinn
as Major Tom Beckett
John Bach
as Maj. Frank Roberts
John Polson
as Private Jimmy Fenton
Nicholas Eadie
as Sergeant Keenan
Tetsu Watanabe
as Captain Wadami Ikeuchi
Sokyu Fujita
as Mr. Shinji Matsugae
Ray Barrett
as Lieutenant Colonel Johnson
Kazuhiro Muroyama
as Lieutenant Noburo Kamura
Jason Donovan
as Private Talbot
David Argue
as Flight Lieutenant Eddy Fenton
Andrew Booth
as Private Bill Mitchell
Russell Crowe
as Lt. Corbett
Yuichiro Senga
as Lieutenant Shimada
Malcolm Cork
as Australian Soldier
Donal Gibson
as Cpl. Patterson
Shane McNamara
as Major Robert's Aide
Peter Waterstreet
as Flight Lieutenant O'Donnell
Tim Reuther
as Flight Lieutenant Smith
Christina Ongley
as Nurse Pearson
Toshi Shioya
as Lieutenant Hideo Tanaka
John Clarke
as Mike Sheedy
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  • Aug 19, 2012
    Decently told story. Some of the acting (Asian) I found a little less than great....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2006
    I like true-life war stories including this movie of a post-war trial in Australia of Japaneses accused of murdering 300 Australian servicement in Indonesia.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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