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capsule_NN
:_:
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
harrowing_NN
look_NN
at_IN
a_DT
rarely_RB
dramatized_JJ
chapter_NN
of_IN
wwii_???
,_,
life_NN
in_IN
a_DT
japanese_JJ
prison_NN
camp_NN
._.
to_IN
end_NN
all_PDT
wars_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
moving_JJ
film_NN
about_IN
the_DT
struggle_NN
of_IN
prisoners_NNS
to_IN
retain_VB
their_PP$
humanity_NN
and_CC
their_PP$
dignity_NN
._.
the_DT
somewhat_RB
religious_JJ
interpretation_NN
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
to_IN
everyone_PN
's_POS
taste_NN
._.
,_,
+_SYM
4_CD
(_(
-4_???
to_TO
+_SYM
4_CD
)_)
more_DT
than_CS
any_DT
other_JJ
people_NN
the_DT
japanese_JJ
seem_VB
capable_JJ
of_IN
acting_VBG
with_IN
one_CD
goal_NN
and_CC
not_XNOT
letting_VBG
any_DT
other_JJ
consideration_NN
get_VB
in_IN
their_PP$
way_NN
._.
this_DT
may_MD
be_BE
a_DT
holdover_NN
from_IN
the_DT
code_NN
of_IN
bushido_NN
when_CS
loyalty_NN
to_IN
ones_NNS
master_NN
was_BEDZ
the_DT
only_RB
law_NN
._.
during_IN
world_NN
war_NN
ii_CD
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
the_DT
one_CD
goal_NN
was_BEDZ
winning_VBG
the_DT
war_NN
._.
this_DT
led_VBD
them_PP
to_IN
do_DO
some_DT
very_RB
inhuman_JJ
things_NNS
in_IN
pursuit_NN
of_IN
that_DT
goal_NN
._.
when_CS
the_DT
japanese_JJ
had_HVD
captured_VBD
prisoners_NNS
,_,
they_PP
were_BED
very_RB
much_DT
treated_VBN
in_IN
whatever_WDT
way_NN
would_MD
be_BE
optimum_JJ
for_IN
achieving_VBG
the_DT
one_CD
goal_NN
._.
minimum_NN
resources_NNS
were_BED
to_IN
be_BE
spent_JJ
in_IN
maintaining_VBG
prisoners_NNS
in_IN
keeping_VBG
with_IN
maximal_JJ
positive_JJ
output_NN
._.
while_CS
the_DT
germans_NNS
,_,
not_XNOT
known_VBN
for_IN
their_PP$
kindness_NN
in_IN
those_DT
days_NNS
,_,
had_HVD
a_DT
27_CD
%_NN
mortality_NN
rate_NN
among_IN
captured_VBN
prisoners_NNS
of_IN
war_NN
,_,
the_DT
mortality_NN
rate_NN
of_IN
japanese_JJ
prisoners_NNS
of_IN
war_NN
was_BEDZ
27_CD
%_NN
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
thing_NN
for_IN
the_DT
war_NN
effort_NN
was_BEDZ
working_VBG
prisoners_NNS
nearly_RB
to_IN
death_NN
on_IN
the_DT
thailand_NP
to_IN
burma_NP
railroad_NN
._.
that_CS
railroad_NN
was_BEDZ
needed_VBN
if_CS
japan_NP
was_BEDZ
to_IN
attack_NN
india_NP
as_IN
it_PP
planned_VBD
to_IN
do_DO
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
thing_NN
for_IN
the_DT
effort_NN
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
to_IN
waste_NN
much_DT
food_NN
on_IN
the_DT
prisoners_NNS
so_RB
short_JJ
and_CC
amazingly_RB
wretched_JJ
food_NN
was_BEDZ
the_DT
order_NN
of_IN
the_DT
day_NN
._.
and_CC
just_RB
being_BEG
in_CD
the_DT
jungle_NN
without_IN
proper_JJ
medical_JJ
aid_NN
took_VBD
its_PP$
toll_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
public_JJ
mind_NN
japan_NP
has_HVZ
never_RB
been_BEN
held_VBN
as_IN
accountable_JJ
for_IN
war_NN
atrocities_NNS
as_IN
was_BEDZ
germany_NP
._.
filmmakers_NNS
have_HV
been_BEN
reticent_JJ
to_TO
tell_VB
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
perhaps_RB
for_IN
fear_NN
of_IN
offending_VBG
the_DT
japanese_JJ
._.
there_EX
are_BER
comparatively_RB
few_DT
films_NNS
about_IN
the_DT
japanese_JJ
pow_???
camps_NNS
._.
certainly_RB
there_EX
was_BEDZ
david_NP
lean_JJ
's_POS
the_DT
bridge_NN
on_IN
the_DT
river_NN
kwai_???
._.
there_RB
were_BED
some_DT
low-budget_NN
british_JJ
exploitation_NN
films_NNS
and_CC
that_DT
was_BEDZ
about_IN
it_PP
._.
then_RB
there_EX
were_BED
tv_NN
series_NN
"_"
a_DT
town_NN
like_IN
alice_NP
"_"
and_CC
"_"
tenko_NP
._.
"_"
lest_CS
the_DT
experience_NN
be_BE
forgotten_VBN
we_PP
have_HV
a_DT
new_JJ
film_NN
to_IN
end_NN
all_PDT
wars_NNS
directed_VBN
by_IN
david_NP
cunningham_NP
and_CC
written_VBN
by_IN
brian_NP
godawa_NP
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
account_NN
of_IN
ernest_NP
gordan_NP
who_WP
survived_VBD
the_DT
horror_NN
of_IN
that_DT
world_NN
war_NN
ii_CD
prison_NN
camp_NN
and_CC
went_VBD
on_IN
to_IN
become_VB
for_IN
26_CD
years_NNS
the_DT
dean_NP
of_IN
the_DT
chapel_NN
at_IN
princeton_NP
university_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
while_CS
realistic_JJ
shows_NNS
the_DT
conditions_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
camp_NN
as_IN
being_BEG
considerably_RB
more_DT
brutal_JJ
and_CC
sadistic_JJ
than_CS
bridge_NN
on_IN
the_DT
river_NN
kwai_???
portrayed_VBD
them_PP
._.
the_DT
story_NN
opens_VBZ
with_IN
six_CD
or_CC
so_RB
soldiers_NNS
being_NN
marched_VBN
into_IN
the_DT
prison_NN
camp_NN
only_RB
to_IN
be_BE
immediately_CS
placed_VBN
in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
a_DT
firing_NN
squad_NN
._.
it_PP
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
grim_JJ
joke_NN
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
many_DT
that_DT
the_DT
sadistic_JJ
japanese_JJ
play_NN
to_IN
amuse_VB
themselves_PPX
._.
beating_VBG
and_CC
torture_NN
are_BER
commonplace_JJ
events_NNS
._.
men_NNS
already_RB
imprisoned_VBN
tell_VB
the_DT
new_JJ
arrivals_NNS
to_IN
enjoy_VB
the_DT
last_OD
of_IN
their_PP$
health_NN
;_;
it_PP
will_MD
not_XNOT
last_VB
long_JJ
with_IN
parasites_NNS
and_CC
disease_NN
almost_RB
inevitable_JJ
._.
however_RB
,_,
unlike_IN
as_IN
in_CD
kwai_???
,_,
the_DT
prisoners_NNS
want_VB
to_IN
avoid_VB
going_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
hospital_NN
,_,
called_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
prisoners_NNS
the_DT
death_NN
house_NN
._.
so_RB
goes_VBZ
a_DT
war_NN
within_IN
a_DT
war_NN
with_IN
the_DT
prisoners_NNS
trying_VBG
to_IN
maintain_VB
their_PP$
humanity_NN
and_CC
with_IN
the_DT
japanese_JJ
trying_VBG
to_IN
make_NN
them_PP
interchangeable_JJ
and_CC
highly_RB
expendable_JJ
cogs_???
in_CD
a_NP
rail-laying_NN
machine_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
more_DT
than_CS
just_RB
a_DT
battle_NN
of_IN
who_WP
will_MD
win_VB
the_DT
war_NN
but_CC
a_DT
battle_NN
of_IN
ideologies_NNS
._.
the_DT
japanese_JJ
believe_VB
that_DT
the_DT
individual_JJ
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
,_,
that_CS
conformity_NN
to_IN
group_NN
's_POS
norms_NNS
is_BEZ
all_RB
that_DT
gives_VBZ
a_DT
life_NN
meaning_NN
._.
conformity_NN
is_BEZ
purpose_NN
._.
before_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
over_IN
there_RB
will_MD
be_BE
some_DT
surprising_JJ
revelations_NNS
about_IN
the_DT
character_NN
of_IN
the_DT
prisoners_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
character_NN
of_IN
those_DT
running_JJ
the_DT
camp_NN
._.
if_CS
this_DT
story_NN
showed_VBD
nothing_PN
but_CC
sadism_NN
from_IN
the_DT
japanese_JJ
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
one_CD
kind_NN
of_IN
story_NN
._.
if_CS
the_DT
british_JJ
(_(
with_IN
one_CD
american_JJ
,_,
by_IN
the_DT
way_NN
)_)
and_CC
the_DT
japanese_JJ
learned_JJ
to_IN
respect_NN
each_DT
other_JJ
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
another_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
story_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
neither_RB
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
stirring_JJ
and_CC
believable_JJ
account_NN
of_IN
camp_NN
life_NN
._.
the_DT
color_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
distorted_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
to_IN
give_VB
a_NP
washed_VBD
out_RP
yellow_JJ
._.
this_DT
serves_VBZ
a_DT
double_JJ
purpose_NN
for_IN
cunningham_NP
._.
it_PP
gives_VBZ
an_DT
effect_NN
of_IN
technicolor_NN
film_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
been_BEN
left_VBN
in_IN
heat_NN
._.
it_PP
also_RB
creates_VBZ
a_DT
distancing_VBG
effect_NN
._.
the_DT
only_JJ
touch_NN
that_CS
seems_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
out_RP
of_IN
place_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
gaelic_JJ
music_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
powerful_JJ
and_CC
philosophical_JJ
view_NN
of_IN
the_DT
prison_NN
camp_NN
experience_NN
._.
i_PP
rate_NN
it_PP
a_DT
4_CD
on_IN
the_DT
4_CD
to_IN
4_CD
scale_NN
and_CC
a_DT
+_SYM
4_CD
on_IN
the_DT
-4_???
to_IN
+_SYM
4_CD
scale_NN
._.
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