March 5, 2006

The Bridge on the River Kwai

I just watched the long (some would say epic, although I don't really think of it that way), Bridge on the River Kwai. It's a pretty decent film, set in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. The focus of the film is really on an American soldier and a British officer, though, with the Japanese and Siamese playing a smaller part, with the Siamese actually being little more than decoration. These two characters each have their own idea of correct behavior and morality, which is at odds.

The acting is decent, but stereotypical of the time. The locale is fairly exotic though, and I'm sure it wasn't easy to film things there and that seeing that on the big screen was a treat back then. The Japanese roles are not demeaning or stereotypical though, which is good. There is an loose implication that the British way, or Western way, is somehow superior. But at the same time, it's made clear that the British officer is a little messed up in his beliefs.

Posted by josuah at March 5, 2006 3:14 AM UTC+00:00

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