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Life is far from Paradise in Paradise Road
Paradise Road ia about a group of women who are "detained" by the Japanese during World War II While not precisely called prisoners of war, please make no mistake, that is what they are! After trying to flee from a hotel on a ship with American soldiers, the ship is hit by a submarine. The women are on the Japanese-held island of Sumatra. Conditions are barbaric, to say the least. Some stars are Glenn Close, Jennifer Ehle, Julianna Margulies, Cate Blanchette, and McDormand, who is German and plays up to the Japanese commander whom they are compatriots. The women suffer abuse from their captors. Some of the more attractive women are offered the chance to serve their captors and reap rewards. You can guess Franics what is meant by "serving." This is a gripping true story! Some will die while others manage to hold on their honor!
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The disc would not play in our DVD player for TV viewing. After several tries, we were able to get it to play on our computer The movie itself was great; well worth the watch
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If you like period pieces, especially historically based ones, you will like this movie. The filming and costumes are wonderful. Beginning with the further encroaching of the enemy in WW II, this story follows a group of British/American women through their years in internment camps. Glenn Close is marvelous in the lead role as the leader of the women' orchestra choir.
Not "entertaining", but riveting and inspirational.
Is it entertaining? No. How can a film about prisoners of war be ''entertaining"? It is not a semi-comedy like "Life is Beautiful". There are some lighter moments which bring a few chuckles. But it is riveting, dramatic, inspirational, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is based on true stories of the atrocities committed by the Japanese army against women of all nationalities interned in various camps. If you've watch this movie before on TV or on VHS, be forewarned that two scenes have been cut out on this DVD. One is a minor one, a meeting between a female internee and her husband. The other, however, is a major one, and should never be cut. It is the "stone-tapping" scene by which the women show their defiance and contempt towards their sadistic tormentor. But if you haven't seen this movie before, go ahead and get it. It's awesome.
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WOMEN IN POW CAMP WOO CAPTORS WITH ACCAPELLA CHOIR
Billed as based on a true story, I think it's cast of Stars made it the enjoyable movie that it was. The depiction of torturous captivity seemed fairly mild from other true POW camps except for two scenes of horrible punishments for two women. I did enjoy the development of character friendships and difficulties.
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