Chris Makepeace (Meatballs) plays downed American pilot Lt. Robert, held prisoner in a Japanese hamlet during World War II after a village elder named Fukushima (Pat Morita) saves him and his buddy from bloody executions. Over time, Robert develops a rapport with his captors and an interest in Japanese culture. He also falls for Fukushima’s daughter (Mari Sato), embarking on a romance that enrages some villagers and puts them both in danger.
Paul Almond, OC (born April 26, 1931 in Montréal, Québec) is a Canadian former television and motion picture screenwriter, director and producer, and since 1990 has been a novelist.
Paul Almond attended Bishop’s College School, McGill University and Balliol College, Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics, Economics, edited the University magazine Isis and played for the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club.
At the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he worked primarily as a director and producer, and also wrote several scripts. He did similar work in England for the BBC and Associated British Corporation (London) and Granada TV (where he created the ground-breaking documentary Seven Up!) before embarking on a career as a feature-length film-making.
In the late 1960s, he ambitiously attempted to establish a quality Canadian art cinema, with his understated and highly interiorized films Isabel (1968), The Act of the Heart (1970) and Journey (1972), featuring… read more