|True story about a group of 2,218 British and Australian (and one American) POWs at the end of World War II and their bid for survival against all the odds in a camp in the jungle. They are taken by train (along the railroad they helped to build) to Saigon and then onto a boat bound for Japan, where they manage to otherthrow the enemy and take control. Freedom is almost guaranteed until a US submarine spots them and slams torpedos into their side.|
An interesting fact is that this film was not released in USA cinemas because of legal reasons. [source IMDb.com]
The release date for the film was 1989, but I have listed the film according to the year stated on the end credits copyright, which was 1988.
Looks very much like a TV-movie; this film is in no way related to the classic The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). The only similarity is in its title.