This film is part of the Valour and
the Horror series, three controversial films on
Canadian involvement in World War II. In the autumn of 1941,
nearly 2,000 inexperienced Canadian soldiers were sent to Hong
Kong at the request of the British government as a symbolic show
of strength that would deter a Japanese attack on the colony.
Canada's soldiers found themselves in the midst of a desperate
battle they could not hope to win. On Christmas Day, 1941, the
British colony of Hong Kong officially surrendered to Japan. The
surviving defenders became prisoners of war. Over the next three
and a half years, many of them would come to envy the dead.
1991, NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
OFFICE NATIONAL DU FILM DU CANADA
DIRECTED BY BRIAN McKENNA
PRODUCED BY ARNIE GELBART, ANDRČ LAMY
WRITTEN BY TERENCE McKENNA & BRIAN McKENNA