Hell in the Pacific

TitleHell in the Pacific
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1968
AuthorsBoorman, John, and Eric Bercovici
Series DirectorBercovitch, Reuben, and Alexander Jacobs
Running Time103 min
Date Released12/18/1968
CountryUnited States
Medium35mm negative format, 70mm prints
Publication LanguageEnglish and Japanese

The film is a story of two soldiers, one American and the other Japanese, marooned on an uninhabited Pacific island, who, in order to survive, must accept their differences and work together, despite their two countries being at war. There are changes as to which man dominates the other and differences are put aside to build a raft to escape the island. Whilst they reach another larger island, which shows signs of having recently been a Japanese military base, it too is abandoned. Perhaps the film can be summarized by one line from Marvin on the second island: "for a moment there I thought you were a Jap". Plot from Wikipedia
The grand scale of warfare in World War II's Pacific Theater is narrowed down to two men stranded on a deserted island. An American pilot and a Japanese naval officer continue the war in hand-to-hand combat but enter into an uneasy truce. Their awkward companionship and isolation, amplified by the lack of English subtitles to translate Japanese dialogue, is disrupted by the arrival of the Japanese Navy.


Lee Marvin - as American pilot
Toshirō Mifune - as Japanese naval officer Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda


produced by; Reuben Bercovitch

directed by; John Boorman

cinematography by; Conrad Hall

edited by; Thomas Stanford

music by; Lalo Schifrin

screenplay by; Alexander Jacobs, Eric Bercovici

story by; Reuben Bercovitch


Drama, War, World War II Adventure

Alternate TitleInferno en el Pacífico
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The film only has two characters, soldiers, one American the other Japanese marooned on an uninhabited Pacific island during World War II. It contains little dialogue, and is not dubbed or sub-titled, thus authentically portraying the difficulty of restricted communication between the Japanese-speaking and English-speaking characters. Plot from Wikipedia

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