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[FILM] Philippine War Movie (The Great Raid starring Benjamin Bratt) Opens

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  • madchinaman
    Philippine war movie set to hit US theaters this year http://story.news.yahoo.com/news? tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050207/ennew_afp/afplifestylephilippines_05020711
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11, 2005
      Philippine war movie set to hit US theaters this year
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
      tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050207/ennew_afp/afplifestylephilippines_05020711
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      MANILA (AFP) - A 50-million-dollar movie bankrolled by US media
      giant Miramax about the most successful rescue mission in American
      military history is set to hit theaters worldwide in August,
      executives said.

      "The Great Raid", starring Hollywood actor Benjamin Bratt alongside
      Filipino movie icon Cesar Montano, tells how a group of US soldiers
      slip behind Japanese lines in the closing stages of World War II to
      rescue more than 500 American prisoners in a camp in the northern
      Philippine province of Cabanatuan.

      The film was shot on location in Shanghai and Australia in three
      months in 2002 and is partly being promoted in Manila to mark the
      60th anniversary of the liberation.

      Other actors are James Franco who plays US scout ranger Bob Prince
      and Joe Fiennes. It is directed by John Dahl.

      Based on the book "Ghost Soldiers" by US author Hampton Sides
      and "The Great Raid" by Bill Breuer, the movie tells the story of
      how Filipino guerrillas led by Captain Juan Pajota backed the US
      troops in rescuing the POWs on January 8, 1945.

      The concentation camp in Cabanatuan was the largest maintained by
      Japanese forces during the war, and American prisoners kept in
      squalid conditions thought they had been forgotten.

      "This (rescue) was a massive operation that had very little chance
      of making it and a lot of chances for failing. So it's almost like a
      Hollywood movie that it couldn't really happen, but it did. That was
      why we were attracted to the material," said producer Marty Katz.

      "It was a story that no one knew about but it is the most successful
      rescue mission in American history," he said.

      "It took 60 years to finally get this story told but it has finally
      happened and it is great to be here in the Philippines," added
      Sides. "It drives the point that while this is a very stirring
      Hollywood drama, it is also based on real events and it is really
      extraordinary that this story isn't better known."

      Katz said Montano's performance as Captain Pajota in his first
      international movie was riveting.
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