A War Story

Based on the diaries of Canadian doctor Ben Wheeler during his internment in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, this feature-length docudrama is a glowing account of the spirit and its will to survive physical and mental suffering. The film is comprised of newsreel footage, interviews and dramatic re-enactments.

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

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Anne Wheeler
Anne Wheeler
Anne Wheeler
executive producer
Tom Radford
Michael Scott
Robert Nichol
Ron Orieux
Ralph Parker
Michèle Lalonde
Ray Harper
Jean-Pierre Joutel
Donald Sutherland
Anne Wheeler
Maurice Marshall
Doug Bagot
Rodrigue Deschênes
David Edney
W. Forrest MacDonald
Cecil Grinstead
Doug Kier
Patrick McGuigan
Allan Stebbings
Dean Stoker
Frank Turner
Gerry Whelpton
Tom Whitton


  • dwyllie49

    “Thank you again NFB for the wonderful work you do, these films always amaze me,thank you so much for showing us that the will to live is so strong and with a few smart people some tools and a bit of food there isnt much we cant do to survive” — dwyllie49, 3 Nov 2012

  • wons

    “a must visit to this link about the memorial park at the camp site in Taiwan. It's in Chinese. I believe this was the camp that Mr. Jack Edwards visited as mentioned by rodmartin downstairs. http://blog.udn.com/lucywu3984/5662769” — wons, 27 Sep 2011

  • wons

    “any interested people may visit: http://blog.udn.com/lucywu3984/5676146” — wons, 27 Sep 2011

  • wons

    “I feel shamed that I did not know all about this, because Gin Gua Shi was the mine town I visited often in my childhood. Yes, not only the capatives' descendants should be aware of what happened, the whole world should be aware of, including Japanese themselves. So the war and the same killing will not happen again to anyone. ” — wons, 27 Sep 2011

  • rodmartin

    “My father was in the original 525 who arrived in Taiwan on the England Maru in November 1942 and were sent to Kinkaseki. He was lucky enough to survive the mine and was transported to Japan in February 1945. Using his own information (that included many poems created by soldiers), the books by Jack Edwards (of whom my father would often speak) and Arthur Titherington, and the research caried out by Michael Hurst, I wrote his story in 2004. My concern was that his descendants should know what he and his compatriots went through. My only regret was that he wasn't alive to see the finished work. I met and interviewed Jack Edwards in Hong Kong in 2000 and travelled to Taiwan for the memorial service at Kinkaseki in November 2001. None of us should forget! Rod Martin” — rodmartin, 1 Aug 2010

  • grannylin46

    “Thank-You for sharing I am awed by the bravery of these men. ” — grannylin46, 26 Feb 2010

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