R | | Drama, War
During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.
Tom Conti does not speak a word of Japanese. He learned his Japanese dialog phonetically.
Sgt. Gengo Hara:
Wake up, Lawrence.
Colonel Lawrence: What is it? Why so early, Sergeant Hara?
Sgt. Gengo Hara: Hurry up!
Group Capt. Hicksley: What does he want?
Colonel Lawrence: I'll find out?
Sgt. Gengo Hara: What?
Group Capt. Hicksley: You don't have to take orders from this man, you know, Lawrence.
Colonel Lawrence: Well, I'm the liaison officer, so I'm liaising.
Sgt. Gengo Hara: What did he say?
Group Capt. Hicksley: You're ...
In the final scene in the prison cell, the cross belt of Lt Col Lawrence's Sam Browne is fitted back to front.
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