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- Movie: 1942
- Director: Kelvin Tong
- Producer: Ling Sock Leng
- Release Date: 2005
- Runtime: 85 min.
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan, Singapore
The year is 1942. The setting – Malaya. SGT YASUO FUJII, a war cameraman, is huddled in a trench, waiting to film the Japanese 6th Army cross the Slim River on its way south to Kuala Lumpur. An enemy mortar shell lands in the trench and, in a heartbeat, SGT.FUJII is running through the jungle for his life. Armed with nothing except his 8mm camera, the young soldier soon hooks up with remnants of the scattered 6th Army.
There is SGT. TAKESHI SATO, a steely veteran of the China war, then there is PFC. JIRO GOTO, an awkward radioman from Hokkaido. In addition, there is CPT. HIROSHI TANAKA, an artillery officer with a life-threatening stomach wound. Before long, the four men are joined by a fifth – CPL. YOSHIO SUZUKI, a nervous wreck who swears that he saw a ghost in the jungle. Taking CPL. SUZUKI to be mentally unsound, the rest head south to rejoin their division.
Immediately, they sense that something is amiss. All their maps are wrong. Then, PFC. GOTO’s radio malfunctions. SGT. FUJII starts sighting mysterious figures through the viewfinder of his 8mm camera. And then, CPL. SUZUKI’s warning comes true. A female ghost singing an eerie song starts haunting the five men.
Racing against time to get the wounded CPT. TANAKA back to the division, the five men fight the vicious jungle, thirst and hunger as they dash south towards Kuala Lumpur. But conditions worsen. Rivalries break out and the group is divided. The five men are lost inside the maze-like jungle, and CPT. TANAKA’s life hangs in the balance. A cameraman rather than a soldier, SGT. FUJII finds the job of keeping everyone alive falling on his shoulders.
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