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Ono Seiko and Aaron Gerow <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 10:54:58 +0900
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At 17:53 8/24/96 -0400, Christopher Douglas wrote:
>Does anyone recall seeing films, television episodes,
>or made for tv movies based on Japanese war hold-outs on Pacific island
>jungles long after the end of World War Two?  In the 1960s and 1970s,
>there were several incidents in which such soldiers, unaware that the war
>had been over for 20 to 30 years, were captured or surrendered to local
>authorities -- usually in Guam or the Phillipines.  They had typically
>been hiding in jungles, waiting for the Japanese army to retake the
>island.  I recall seeing fictionalized accounts of these events, I think
>on tv, in the 1970s, but I can't remember where or when exactly.  Does
>anyone else remember stories like these?  Can anyone remember the title
>of the movie or tv show?
I do not recall the movie or TV versions of these stories, but to speak of
the actual histories, the most famous one is of Onoda Hiroo, who held out
on Lubang Island in the Philippines until spring of 1974.  His
autobiography has been translated into English: "No Surrender: My
Thirty-year War" (Tokyo: Kodansha, 1974).  Beat Takeshi, who appeared in
MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE and directed such (great) films as SONATINE
and KIDS RETURN (under the name Kitano Takeshi), was planning to make or
appear (I forget which) in a (TV) movie on Onoda before he had his accident
in 1994.
The other famous case is of Yokoi Shoichi, who appeared in Guam a few years
before Onoda.
Maybe this will help.
Aaron Gerow
Tokyo, Japan
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