At the center of the film is the age-old story of brothers being on the wrong sides of a war. In this case Ferris is the reluctant brother who wants to avoid conflict, while Ng is the militant one who desires independence. The film is further complicated by the fact that the British admit that they’re going to be leaving, and in essence the insurgents have already one. However, to ensure an orderly turnover, the British want the terrorism stopped. Ng, distrustful, refuses to back down. It’s a deliciously complicated bit of storytelling, where audience sympathies are firmly divided between the likable but laidback Ferris and the militant but suspicious Ng. The film doesn’t quite reach for Greek tragedy in its depiction of friends turned foe, but it does provide some compelling drama and a decent amount of action. —DVDverdict.com
Lewis Gilbert CBE (born 6 March 1920 in London) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter.
He was the son of music hall performers, and spent his early years travelling with his parents, and watching the shows from the side of the stage. He first performed on-stage at the age of 5, when asked to drive a trick car around the stage. This pleased the audience, so this became the end of his parents’ act. When travelling on trains, his parents frequently hid him in the luggage rack, to avoid paying a fare for him. His father contracted tuberculosis when he was a young man. He died aged 34, when Gilbert was seven. As a child actor in films in the 1920s and 1930s, he was the breadwinner for his family, his mother was a film extra, and he had an erratic formal education. At age 17, Gilbert had a small uncredited role in The Divorce of Lady X (1938) opposite Laurence Olivier.
He began shooting documentary films for the Royal Air Force during the Second… read more