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Series cast summary:
Stephen Curry ...  Eddie 6 episodes, 2001
Leon Ford ...  Bill Dwyer 6 episodes, 2001
Anthony Hayes ...  Gordon Yates 6 episodes, 2001
Matthew Newton ...  David Collins 6 episodes, 2001
Mark Priestley ...  John 'Curley' Foster 6 episodes, 2001
Matthew Whittet ...  Tom 6 episodes, 2001
Geoff Morrell ...  Rowdy 6 episodes, 2001
Nicholas Hope ...  Guillaume Koper 6 episodes, 2001
Gotaro Tsunashima Gotaro Tsunashima ...  Lieutenant Aso 6 episodes, 2001
Shingo Misawa Shingo Misawa ...  Colonel Nakamura 6 episodes, 2001
Sean Taylor Sean Taylor ...  Colonel Smythe 6 episodes, 2001
William Upjohn William Upjohn ...  CSM Bryson 6 episodes, 2001
Dean Atkinson Dean Atkinson ...  Bernie 6 episodes, 2001
Joel McIlroy Joel McIlroy ...  Bertie Jenkins 6 episodes, 2001
Alan Morris Alan Morris ...  James 6 episodes, 2001
Ichiro Harada Ichiro Harada ...  Guard 6 episodes, 2001
Masa Yamaguchi ...  Guard 6 episodes, 2001
Scott Youll Scott Youll ...  Guard 6 episodes, 2001
Lawrence Puang Lawrence Puang ...  Guard 5 episodes, 2001
Christopher James Baker ...  Lofty Morgan 4 episodes, 2001
Ian Bolt Ian Bolt ...  Father Paul 3 episodes, 2001
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...  Older David Collins 2 episodes, 2001
Frank Wilson ...  Older Gordon 2 episodes, 2001
Terry Norris Terry Norris ...  Older Bill Dwyer 2 episodes, 2001
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ...  Older John 'Curley' Foster 2 episodes, 2001
Bill Kerr ...  Older Eddie 2 episodes, 2001
Tatsumi Ishihara Tatsumi Ishihara ...  Captain Shindo 2 episodes, 2001
Andrew James Mead ...  Captain Lovegrove 2 episodes, 2001
Peter Carroll ...  Doctor Hurrell 2 episodes, 2001
Peter Gow Peter Gow ...  Guard / ... 2 episodes, 2001
Victor Ng Victor Ng ...  Guard 2 episodes, 2001


Changi follows the story of six young Australian mates who go to war. They land in Singapore in 1942, just in time for the surrender. They are marched off to Changi prison camp along with 15,000 others. Together, the six boys struggle to survive three and a half years of incarceration. Written by Aubrey Leong

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

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14 October 2001 (Australia) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Set dressings were researched from photographs and WWII veterans and obtained from a variety of sources, including the ABC prop store, other Sydney prop houses, private collections, auctions, and second hand stores. See more »


Lieutenant Aso: Japan has won the war. Japan has won!
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Loved this DVD
17 March 2004 | by jkmetz268See all my reviews

I have an advantage in reading other's comments before making my own. I have heard this "accuracy" comment about other movies/mini-series before and I really don't understand people's statements. Visual stories about historical events are never accurate unless they are documentaries. Beautiful Mind, and Seabiscuit are both examples of movies about true events that were off the mark where telling the whole truth is concerned.

I liked Changi because it showed the effects of war on soldiers both at the time of the event, and on their future lives. I thought the flash backs, both forward and backward, were fine--after all I want to watch a story that makes me use my brain, not just be mindlessly entertained. I thought the humor at times was sophomoric, but weren't most the soldiers in WWII of the age to be sophomoric? I loved the music, and I thought the "Singing Detective" type transition into song was very believable here, as the human mind in times of stress, pain, and torture will use its own devices to preserve sanity--the song sequences could be the writer's depiction of one way the human soul protects itself. How many of you have experienced completely weird dreams while suffering from an illness accompanied by high fever?--this is my point. As to the Japanese captors and the way they were portrayed--the commander here was, in my opinion, a detached person that let his underlings assume all of the responsibility for the horrid treatment of the POWs while the commander fed his bird and listened to music--totally detached, and I think in the end out of touch with reality. As for Lt. Aso, it was plain to see that this character was both bitter and jealous and took this out on his charges. Lt. Aso was bitter that he was not in the thick of the war instead of being stuck at Changi in charge of insulting, spirited, enemy prisoners. He also could not figure out why these enemy soldiers made jokes to laugh at, and sang songs to buoy their spirits.

I also thought the story showed that in a normal situation these six blokes would not have been friends. Their personalities were to varied--from the supremely bright to the un-educated; incredibly brave to perpetually cowering; passively innovative to unbelievably creative. However, under the situation of a POW camp these diverse individuals came together and drew from each other's strengths in order to survive, and in that situation became mates. Rowdy was the father/headmaster figure that the six turned to in times of trouble that was above their expertise. Rowdy also was available to buck them up when their spirits were flagging, and gave them hope that they would survive.

I'm buying this DVD for my WWII collection.

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