Joe was a pilot flying over the Solomon Islands when he was shot down during WWII. He spent the next two years as a prisoner of the Japanese. One of only seven survivors (out of 63 imprisoned) Joe’s tale is one of endurance and survival.
In Part 1 we learn of Joe’s capture and torture by the Japanese. Meeting and befriending his fellow inmates and how they passed the time…. how his family back home in Massachusetts took the news of his “death” while at the same time obtaining clues to his potential survival…. a grueling and horrific time spent housed in a tiny cave with 40+ prisoners….how Joe and others entertained the Japanese guards by putting on a “circus”… and finally the rapid decline and eventual death of so many close friends and fellow inmates.
In Part 2 we learn of an escape by the natural leader of the group John Murphy… the experiments that a Japanese doctor performed on Joe and other prisoners… how Joe narrowly escaped death right before the atomic bombs were dropped and the prisoners were liberated…. and finally we catch up with Joe to the present day, learning of a reunion of the remaining prisoners, a book Joe published about his experiences and his life spent with his wife Mary.
The Pilot 1:34
The Prisoner 5:26
The Camps 7:48
Passing the Time 11:44
Moving the Prisoners (The Cave) 18:13
The Circus 20:59
Losing Prisoners 23:29
Dr. Yamata 36:13
Postscript: Remembering 47:24
Postscript: Mary 54:56
Joe’s movie is part of an ongoing series by Ambient Film Production entitled “The War Generation”.