Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941

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.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

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Brian McKenna
Arnie Gelbart
André Lamy
Adam Symansky
Darce Fardy
associate producer
D'Arcy O'Connor
Terence McKenna
Brian McKenna
Neville Ottey
Ian Challis
Alfonso Peccia
sound editing
Les Halman
Don Ayer
Jean-Pierre Joutel
Terence McKenna
Andrew Tarbitt
Jean-Michel Henry
Randy Hughson
David Hewlett
Keibo Oiwa
Greg Spottiswoode
Paul-Augustin Querton
Brooke Johnson
Martin Julien
Andrew Miller


  • Sgtjarrod1941

    “Great movie, I learned more about my great uncle in the internment camp and the how they suffered. Oh and Josh lee maybe you should keep your opinions to your self. P.s Josh, the british soldier gave the advice to the canadian soldier.” — Sgtjarrod1941, 19 Dec 2012

  • Harrison

    “Discrimination was is cold hard truth for Asiatic immigrants (especially those Canadians of Japanese descent during World War I). Yet this mistreatment at home was nothing compared to the cruelty Japan unleashed upon her Asian neighbors during the thirties and into World War II. I'm willing to admit that I've had racist thoughts ,which I continue to combat and will do so for the rest of my life. But I have a little saying when it comes to people like JoshLee"- "A victim is never wrong." Are you a victim, Josh? You seem to embrace with glee the idea of Canadian soldiers suffering while in Japanese captivity. I'm also sure that you're someone who denounced the use of two nuclear bombs. The use of this weapon is something I disagree with, but the alternate solution wold have been to fight a final, savage invasion. A battle that would have done more damage to Japan than Little Boy and Fat Man did. It was horrible, but since no one in Japan wants to own-up to it's responsibility in acknowledging it's own cruelty, it makes it hard for me to take you or others like yourself seriously. It's 2012 now. The battles were fought. Many civilians perished in that era of "total war". Can't you find anything better to do with your time, such as exploring both sides of the story? . ” — Harrison, 18 Apr 2012

  • BradK

    “And what would you know about it Junior???? Didn't like the guy who sold you your Ipod? Be careful about how you speak about the HK veterans for they went through more than you'll ever encounter. I would love to carry the burden that my ancestors did as well being a second generation Canadian but you should probably think about continuing on with your life rather than fighting your ancestor's war........” — BradK, 2 Jun 2011

  • JoshLee

    “IIts not very nice to be treated like human trash by another race isn't it? Maybe those Canadian POWs that survived the ordeal walked away with a new perspective about how they treat orientals in Canada. Hell they even treated the Chinese in Hong Kong like crap, nothing like tasting your own medicine, bet they didn't like it. ” — JoshLee, 16 Feb 2011

  • hongkong

    “a great record of events, recording the bravery of those involved, a question, where was the location of the Stream, the resting place of the atrocity, discovered 1945. would like to know!” — hongkong, 11 Sep 2010

  • raphael68

    “A very touching movie, which encourages me to be absolute pacifist.” — raphael68, 6 Mar 2010

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