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4 edition of My side of the Kwai found in the catalog.

My side of the Kwai

reminiscences of an Australian prisoner of war of the Japanese

by Les Atkinson

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  • 31 Currently reading

Published by Kangaroo Press in East Roseville, N.S.W .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Asia, Southeastern,
  • Australia,
  • Japan
    • Subjects:
    • Atkinson, Les, 1922-,
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.,
    • Prisoners of war -- Asia, Southeastern -- Biography.,
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Australian.,
    • Prisoners of war -- Australia -- Biography.,
    • Prisoners of war -- Japan -- Biography.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes index.

      StatementLes Atkinson.
      GenreBiography.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsD805.A785 A88 2001
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxi, 226 p. :
      Number of Pages226
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL3618893M
      ISBN 100731810112
      LC Control Number2002392087

      While on the outside, as the Allies race to destroy the bridge, Nicholson must decide which to sacrifice: his patriotism or his pride. While he was a prisoner of the Japanese, he never was over or on the River Kwai. The story of Ulysse's capture, his struggle to survive, and the shattering climax as he returns to Earth and a horrific final discovery is gripping and fantastic. This search can also be directed at the Fepow Community or London Gazette, selecting one of these limits the topic searched to that particular area of the site. Allen interacts with a pre-filmed interview as if he were talking to Holden and Guinness in Ceylon; the actors leave gaps in their answers so Steve Allen can pretend he's asking the questions. I had decided to visit the various sites associated with the railway in Thailand because of my plans to head into Myanmar Burma next week.

      The Bridge on the River Kwai catapulted David Lean into the '50s blockbuster epic, thanks to the support of wildcat producer Sam Spiegel, who hired blacklisted writing talent and engineered a major shoot in Ceylon Sri Lanka on the other side of the world. The platforms built along the side of the cliffs, for instance. Warden and his gang are real adventurers willing to put their lives on the line. The film was relatively faithful to the novel, with two major exceptions.

      Nicholson Guiness believes in the book, and cooperating with the Japanese to make the best of things. Construction began in June and was completed by October The only point I might make in defense of the Japanese of the war years is that the atrocities they committed differ qualitatively from the organized atrocities of Nazis in German-controlled areas, such as the attempted annihilation of the Jewish people. But for now, I finish my time in the area with a visit to the War Cemetery in Kanchanaburi. Saito reiterates his demand and Nicholson remains adamant in his refusal to submit his officers to manual labor. On the other hand, the core narrative of Nicholson as English army officer, attached to his duty for entirely recognisable reasons, and Saito as his captor who ends up being effectively captured by his prisoner, is a firmly sound story and well told.


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My side of the Kwai book

When a major film is given an expensive restoration, studios sometimes add new restoration credits. This is a war movie that does not focus on gun fights, explosions or violence of war per se, but the futility of it and the arrogance inherent in manmade destruction.

Together with gung-ho intelligence man Warden Jack Hawkins and skittish commando Lieutenant Joyce Geoffrey Hornethe shanghaied Yank parachutes into Burma to keep a fated appointment on the Kwai River. Pitted against Colonel Saito, the warden of the Japanese POW camp, Nicholson will nevertheless, out of a distorted sense of duty, aid his enemy.

By the format had narrowed to 2. This film was shot in Sri Lanka then called Ceylonand a bridge was erected for the purpose of shooting the film over Kelani River at KitulgalaSri Lanka.

Colonol Saito his Japanese counterpart that is head of that particular POW camp and the bridge that must be built for the Japanese invasion to go as planned.

As a sample, there are three works of which I will discuss two later in detail that have fixed images of the Anglo-Japanese hostilities in Japanese minds. Barely a word of English, yet still his grin was enough entertainment for the hot train ride. Who were turning out aesthetic triumphs and a whole supporting philosophy with their eyes shut while Europe was in training pants and Caesar haircuts?

Yes, most new pictures look absolutely flawless on Blu-ray, but truly exceptional ones are just as rare as they ever were.

The Bridge On The River Kwai

I will be going soon to Kanchanaburi, Thailand where the bridge stands. The belief that the British were the leading bridge builders of the world was severely shaken in when a Japanese company underbid them for the construction of a second bridge linking Europe and Asia at the Bosporus. But, again, it was one of the best - most engaging - small museums I've seen anywhere.

Men following orders. He takes on Saito's bridge project as a morale booster for his men, and soon is happily constructing a world-class bridge for his Japanese captor. Boulle's ear for dialogue and character meant that many of his best lines were preserved for the screenplay for which he won an Oscar, not entirely on his own merits, as noted above.

There are also differences in states of knowledge. This search can also be directed at the Fepow Community or London Gazette, selecting one of these limits the topic searched to that particular area of the site.

The train would then move on. He wrote a script for a sequel titled Planet of the Men, but the producers of the original film turned it down.

But for these workers and prisoners, they faced cruel and incessant treatment from the Japanese guards, and they had very little food so were badly malnourished.

The descriptions and the vocabulary are vivid, the story proceeds at a nice pace, and the characters merit your interest. I'm still adverse to the practice of revising credits to acknowledge the contributions of blacklisted talent -- and I often write about the negative effects of the blacklist.

And the next convoy would cross in the same way. David Lean is a serious filmmaker but he also protects his expensive, piece-of-the-action star: William Holden gets to perform a jaunty escape and a grueling survival episode as well as talk tough and strut about in the jungle with a machine gun.

Reader Interactions.I decided to finally read this "classic" after a trip to Bangkok late last year. My colleague and I took a day trip to (and, indeed, walked across) the Bridge Over the River Kwai and visited the nearby military cemetery (which is attractive, well organized and maintained, and, well, moving), and the extremely informative museum.4/5.

However, I'll be going to the bridge over/on the River Kwai to truly understand part of WWII and the plight of the Allies in Japanese POW camps. This article is written to begin the process to really understand the true history of that infamous bridge and the POWs that were forced to build it.

Kwai is one of the most popular short-video communities, full of entertaining posts. It's easy to use and allows you to share special moments with others in a faster way. Deluxe River View Deluxe River View is on the side of River Kwai.

A beautiful view of river from balcony. Enjoy the walk along the riverside. View Gallery In-Room Amenities • Adjustable air-conditioning • Individual climate control • Terrace/Sitting area • Comfortable bedding, cotton linens • Dressing table • Wardrobe • Armchairs • Ceiling.

River Kwai Resotel is a villa-style resort nestled on the banks of the Kwai Noi River in Kanchanaburi. It features air-conditioned rooms with an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Free WiFi is available in the lobby area. Surrounded by tropical forests and mountains, all rooms offer a /10().

After the film was released, the Thais faced a problem as thousands of tourists came to see the 'bridge over the River Kwai', but no such bridge existed due to Boulle's aforementioned misassumption. As the film and book meant to 'portray' the bridge over the Mae Klong, the Author: Pierre Boulle.