Three World War II films to be screened in Singapore for the first time

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983). Image courtesy of The Festival Agency

In conjunction with the ongoing “Witness to War: Remembering 1942” exhibition, the National Museum of Singapore will also be screening a series of 13 war films between 13 and 27 January 2018. Three of these films are being shown in Singapore for the very first time.

The three films are “Spirit of the Overseas Chinese”, “Devils on the Doorstep” and “Three Godless Years”. It will also be a world premiere for the first two.

“Spirit of the Overseas Chinese” is a rare document of Singapore cinema that was recently discovered in the China Film Archive while “Devils on the Doorstep” was set in the last three years of the Second Sino-Japanese War during World War II. It clinched the Grand Prix at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and was subsequently banned in China.

Three Godless Years (1976). Image courtesy of ABS-CBN Corporation

Meanwhile, “Three Godless Years” is a 1976 Filipino period film set during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines.

Other films to be screened at the museum are: “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, “In Which We Serve”, “Sergeant Hassan”, “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence”, “The Thin Red Line”, “King Rat”, “The Most Beautiful”, “Momotaro, Sacred Soldiers”, “Grave Of The Fireflies” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour”.

Screenings are free for the public but registration is required via the website.

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