Back in the Second World War we find colonel John Lawrence as a prisoner to a Japanese camp, trying to communicate with the enemies. As he was living in Japan a couple years ago, he is the only one to understand the Japanese culture and trying to survive and help his comrades. Japaneses are cruel and sergeant Hara is a ruthless, dedicated to his nation man. At the other side, captain Yonoi seems to be more sophisticated but he is also a passionate army man who wants the best for his country. When a new prisoner, fearless Jack Celliers, comes there, Yonoi admires his courage and tries to keep him alive. But things are not easy for the prisoners and tension is all around. A great war drama about different cultures, human wills and brave behaviors. David Bowie's acting really well, Ryûichi Sakamoto's composing even better. A classic film for people who love freedom of the mind.