WW2 Movies Worth A Damn: Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle

‘Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle’: Cannes Review

 

The story of WW2 Japanese Army Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda is an amazing one to say the least.

For exactly 10,000 nights (29 years) Onoda survived alone in the jungles of the Philipine island of Lubang with only his wits, training and dedication to see him through.

For the military historian and martial citizen, the study of the “Secret War” in which the Japanese had trained Onoda in the Nakano School  is worthy of attention.

When Japan realized the War had been lost (around late 1943) The focus shifted on training soldiers (and some civilians) in the fundamental aspects of guerilla warfare and sabotage. The Japanese were planning to resist with a guerilla army both in the home islands and abroad.

Just a FYI: The Movie is rather long, coming in a just over two hours and forty-five minutes and is in French with English subtitles.

You can watch Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle HERE.

Foreign WW2 Movies Worth a Damn: Dara of Jasenovac

 

The film is set in the Nazi-occupied Croatian Ustasha regime “NDH” in former Yugoslavia during WWII.

The film is told through the experiences of a little girl named Dara who is sent as a child during the Holocaust in the Balkans to the infamous extermination camp complex Jasenovac, also known as “Balkan’s Auschwitz”, when it was ruled by sadistic camp commander Maks Luburic until the liberation. After Dara’s brother and mother are killed, she tries to save the life of her younger brother, hoping that her father is still alive.

As an amateur military historian and researcher The Balkans in WW2 are a very interesting subject.

You find that many of the far-right militias and political groups that began in WW2 to fight Communism began to re-appear during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990’s.

 

Military History Movies Worth A Damn: Asian Top 5 List

1. City of Life and Death (2009)

This gritty epic from 2009 depicts the Rape of Nanking by the Japanese Imperial Army in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The majority of the movie is in black and white which adds to the authenticity and historical realism. Chinese with English subtitles.

2. Back to 1942  (2012)

A Chinese Made War film that tells the tragic story of the great Henan Famine of 1942-43 and the invasion of mainland China by the Japanese. It stars Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins. (Chinese with English subtitles.)

3. Assembly (2007)

Set in 1948 during the Chinese Civil War, this Chinese made war film is action packed. In true Asian fashion, some of the battle scenes are a bit over the top, but it is still a good movie. (Chinese with English subtitles.)

4. My Way (2011)

One of the most unique and amazing Foreign World War Two movies in recent history, My Way is a Korean made film that is based on the true story of Yang Kyoungjong, a Korean who was conscripted into the Japanese Imperial Army, The Soviet Red Army and the Wermacht (German Army) during World War Two and was captured by the Americans on D-Day. (Korean with English Subtitles.)

5. The Admiral, Roaring Currents (2014)

The film mainly follows the famous 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592-1598), where the iconic Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin managed to destroy a total of 31 of 133 Japanese warships with only 13 ships remaining in his command. The battle, which took place in the Myeongryang Strait off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula, is considered one of the greatest victories of Yi. (Korean with English Subtitles.)

Foreign WW2 Movies Worth A Damn: Back to 1942

Back to 1942 a Chinese Made Period Piece/War Movie from 2012 that tells the tragic story of the great Henan Famine of 1942-43 and the invasion of mainland China by the Japanese. It stars Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins. (Chinese with English subtitles.)

I will warn you right now, this is a tough, gritty watch. It pulls no punches on how MILLIONS of civilians suffered and died, both by the inaction of the Chinese Government to aid those effected by the famine and the utter brutality of the invading Japanese.

The movie shows in great detail the utter chaos and despair of China at the time due to the ongoing Civil War between the Communist led by Mao and the Nationalist (Kuomintang) led by General Chiang Kai-Shek.

You can watch it for free HERE.

As always when watching any free streaming site, I recommend you ensure your anti-virus/malware software is up to date and you install a free ad/pop-up blocker such as UBLOCK Origin.

WW2 Movies Worth A Damn: The Railway Man (2013)

It’s no secret I am a Writer, Veteran and all around Military History Nut, but I am also somewhat of a amateur film enthusiast.

So when I come across a film(particularly a WW2 film) that I feel is worthwhile (which is not very often since as you know very FEW films that come out of socialist-pedo Hollyweird are worthwhile) I like to share them with my readers.

I was drawn to this movie both as a Veteran and WW2 Historian being that the film is based on the autobiographical book by Eric Lomax by the same title The Railway Man: A POW’s searing account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness.

This Movie also Tops my Memorial Day Movie List as well.

The Railway Man can be streamed for free HERE.

*As with all free streaming sites, I recommend you download some type of pop-up/Ad Blocking Software (like UBlock Origin) before viewing.

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