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Director: John Boorman     Starring: Toshirô Mifune Lee Marvin
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Product Details:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40237732
UPC: 027616905819
UPC 14: 00027616905819
Category Keywords: Action  Theatrical Release  World War II
Rating: Game Rating Code
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During the world war II, two pilots (an american and a japanese) crash on a small uninhabited island in the pasific ocean. There, they must leave their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?
Editor's Note
Director John Boorman's typical bravado is somewhat muted in this WWII parable. Set in the Pacific in 1944, the film focuses on two combatants stranded on the same barren atoll: a Japanese naval officer (Toshirô Mifune) and a U.S. marine pilot (Lee Marvin). At first the two men warily stalk each other, both revealing something by refusing to kill the other when the opportunity arises. At length the Japanese officer captures and harnesses the American, who ultimately escapes, returns, and ties up his opponent. The American finally releases his prisoner as both men grasp the pointlessness of their behavior, and a tacit truce develops between them, since neither can understand the other's language. After some scenes of mutually incomprehensible yelling and a bit of water torture, the Japanese man begins building a raft. The American's initial derision is replaced by an awareness that his cooperation would likely speed their departure and increase their odds of survival. In what is virtually a silent film, Boorman invokes his recurring "man against nature" theme, here reconfigured as a plea for human solidarity. Marvin is excellent, while Mifune is a virtuoso of the kind of physical acting the film requires, and Conrad Hall's camerawork does justice to the spectacular beauty of the Micronesian islands.
Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/12/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1968
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1006381
Video UPC UPC: 00027616905819
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Lee Marvin
Video Cast Info Toshiro Mifune
Video Cast Info Alexander Jacobs - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Conrad L. Hall - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Eric Bercovici - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John Boorman - Director
Video Cast Info Lalo Schifrin - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Reuben Bercovitch - Producer
Video Cast Info Thomas Stanford - Editor
Plot Summary
Two soldiers--one American and the other Japanese--find themselves stranded on a deserted isle during World War II. Their deeply embedded prejudices and the antagonisms get a cathartic release as the pair fight, and eventually cooperate, to escape the remote rock.

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"One of the most unusual war films ever made....The stark, linear narrative is driven by two intensely psychological portraits from Mifune and Marvin..." 08/01/2001 p.141
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