Changi (2001)

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One of the most expensive miniseres ever assembled for Australian television, Changi covered a time-span of nearly 60 years. The story was told in flashback as a group of six former POWs, arranging a reunion, recalled their experiences in a Singapore prison camp. Though all six suffered mightily at the hands of their Japanese captors, all managed to survive the ordeal and remain friends even after cessation of hostilities. Still, each man had retained a deleterious "side effect" from his imprisonment, which threatened to cast a tragic pall on their reunion. Running an exhaustive gamut from comedy to horror, Changi sustained its believability by having each of the main characters played by two actors -- one young for the WWII scenes, one old for the postwar scenes. Though critics and the general public were impressed when the series first aired on Australia's ABC network from October 14 to November 12, 2001, there were a number of real-life prison camp survivors who condemned the project as unrealistic and offensive (and never mind that at least one of the lead actors on the show had himself weathered six years in a Japanese stockade). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Television
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Runtime:

Cast

Matthew Newton
as David Collins (young)
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
as David Collins (old)
Stephen Curry
as Eddie (young)
Bill Kerr
as Eddie (old)
Anthony Hayes
as Gordon Yates (young)
Frank Wilson
as Gordon Yates (old)
Mark Priestley
as Curley Foster (young)
Slim de Grey
as Curley Foster (old)
Leon Ford
as Bill Dwyer (young)
Terry Norris
as Bill Dwyer (old)
Matthew Whittet
as Tom (young)
Geoff Morrell
as Rowdy Lawson
Jill Perryman
as Kate (old)
Mary Docker
as Kate (young)
Nicholas Hope
as Guillaume Koper
Shingo Misawa
as Col. Nakamure
Ken Senga
as Gen Tanaka
Rebecca Murphy
as Vi (young)
Marie Armstrong
as Vi (old)
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½

Australian production about prison camp life for their boys during the WWll Japanese occupation of China. Peppered with music of the time this episodic tale flips back and forth between the hardships experienced in the 40's and the lives of the survivors today. Very good stuff. Carry on.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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