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Near the end of World War II, Allied soldiers are held prisoner in a Japanese camp on Blood Island. When Colonel Lambert (Andre Morell, The Bridge on the River Kwai) finds out that the Allies are about to win the war, he knows that the Japanese will kill all of the prisoners in their camp and the women’s camp on the other side of the island. It is up to Lambert and his cohorts to keep the Japanese officers from finding out about the Allies, while arming the prisoners in case the guards learn the truth. Based on a true story, THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND is a compelling tale about the savagery of war.
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Set in the Malay Peninsula in 1945, the story centres on a group of British prisoners who discover that the war is over and that the Allied Forces have been victorious. The problem is that they must keep this news from reaching the camp's sadistic commandant, Colonel Yamamitsu, who has vowed to execute all the prisoners if Japan surrenders.
There are some very tense moments in this film and the levels of violence and brutality are quite high at times for a film made in the 1950s. It is not a Hammer horror film as such but certain scenes do have the power to shock just like some horror movies.
The excellent cast includes Hammer regulars such as André Morell, Barbara Shelley, Michael Ripper and Richard Wordsworth and it was directed by Val Guest, who directed many other important films for Hammer. It is hard to believe that the same director went on to make saucy comedies like Confessions Of A Window Cleaner and Au Pair Girls in the 1970s!
This DVD presents the film in its original Megascope ratio of 2.35:1 and includes an interesting collectors booklet so this is pretty much an essential purchase for fans of Hammer films and fans of classic British cinema.
While the film certainly has its fill of sadism and casual killing, it's surprisingly tasteful, the black and white photography downplaying the blood and the beheadings kept off camera and director Val Guest and cinematographer Jack Asher doing a surprisingly good job of hiding his low budget and British locations. Unfortunately there's no hiding some dismal miscasting of the Japanese roles.Read more ›
Not shown on TV since 1979 because of politically correct views changing in the world, it is a gritty and well crafted film showing how nasty the Japanese were to British prisoners of war.
I know nowadays people don't like to see a nation being given bad press, and "Not everyone is the same" attitude, but this film honestly depicts what happened all those years ago, and what is the problem with showing that? There are plenty of other war films around showing how nasty the SS and the German army were, so this is no different. But I suspect at the time, becuase it was linked with the name Hammer, it immediately got an undesireable link with horror, and exploitation, which is a shame because it is a very fine film indeed.
The film bears witness to japanese atrocities, but more particularly one infamous camp sadist & a scenario of desperate final days of war under threat of someone who has nothing to lose. This makes for a pacey, direct, crisply directed piece of almost documentary feel where suspense comes naturally when everyone involved is in peril perpetually. Any attempt to bring to mind It Ain't Half Hot Mum will however be scuppered very, and i mean very, readily. This is serious, even with it's occasional flaws. Not to be criticised generally is the acting from all concerned. Morrell, Shelley, Wordsworth..the list goes on throughout. This is solid film making, even on a tight budget, despite the brevity of film length.Read more ›
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Blood Island can be seen as a salacious ticket to sensationalist bigotry both in the film, and in it's message. What utter humbug!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by stephen wheeler
A very good film from Hammer here, much better than I expected, good acting and an engaging story.Published 5 months ago by man
A great video of one of Hammer's strange war films with touches of horror.Published 5 months ago by D. A. Riley
great dvd fast delivery.well packed good price.pleasure to buy from will use again.many thanksPublished 9 months ago by james walker