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Title:JAPANESE PRISONERS OF WAR AT KOWLOON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 145
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Following the surrender of their country, Japanese troops are interned in prison camps in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Description: Interior shots in the office of Major-General Festing, formerly General Officer Commanding (GOC) 36th Division, now GOC Land Forces Hong Kong. Festing speaks with Wing Commander Bennet, held by the Japanese in Hong Kong for more than 3½ years. Festing and a Group Captain Corbally speaking with Vice-Admiral Ruitaro Fujita of the Imperial Japanese Navy, responsible for the Japanese naval vessels in Hong Kong. A working party of Japanese prisoners is marched off under armed guard. Japanese prisoners seated on the ground before being searched, along with their kit, for weapons and other contraband. Some of the prisoners are undressed down to their underwear and one in the background is apparently completely naked. An RAF Squadron Leader discovers a quantity of money hidden in the seams of a cap. A bag of rice is found. A British serviceman gives money to a Chinese family. Group of Japanese prisoners are marched down a road under armed guard; at least one of the guards is armed with a relatively rare Sten Mk I submachine gun. Others carry rifles with fixed bayonets, or coshes. Japanese soldiers push carts piled high with baggage. General scene of Japanese prisoners in camp with their belongings. Local children are given rice through the wire of the prison camp.