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Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941

Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941

| 1 h 44 min

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

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


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Ages 6 to 10

History - World History
History - World War II

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