Three Came Home

A powerful and moving picture that examines life in a Japanese POW camp from a woman's point of view. Colbert plays American writer Agnes Newton Keith, who is married to British administrator Knowles. They live in the East Indian islands and, shortly after the outbreak of WWII, are arrested along with other noncombatants, then imprisoned in a concentration...read more

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A powerful and moving picture that examines life in a Japanese POW camp from a woman's point of view. Colbert plays American writer Agnes Newton Keith, who is married to British administrator Knowles. They live in the East Indian islands and, shortly after the outbreak of WWII, are

arrested along with other noncombatants, then imprisoned in a concentration camp. They are given paltry food rations, as well as beatings and other humiliations. Colbert refuses to lose her spirit and, at one point, risks punishment to spend a few minutes with her husband. Hayakawa is the

US-educated Japanese colonel who runs the camp, a man torn between obedience to orders and the dictates of his conscience. The prisoners, including children, fight to maintain a semblance of dignity, hoping to survive until the GIs arrive. Based on Keith's autobiography, this film ably develops

the intricate relationships among its characters. Colbert is stunning in the lead; Hayakawa, a former silent-film actor, creates a character of high intensity and internal struggle. A fine film in all departments.

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