The movie chronicles the scams of a streetwise GI held in a Japanese prison camp. Under the harrowing camp conditions, he rises to a position of power over his military and social superiors, manipulating those around him and controlling the prison's black market. King Rat is a powerful exploration of one man's struggle to survive and flourish against all odds. With an all star cast that includes Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Denholm Elliot and John Mills, this is a gripping war time drama.
What happens when your Japanese English POW camp is visited by a few GIs, one of whom happens to have a whole stash of eggs and coffee etc. etc. It's not right by Lt. Tom Courtenay anyway, although Flight Lt. James Fox doesn't say no to a fried egg and an American fag or two provided by Corporal George Segal, or King Rat. This is a tongue in cheek type of war film, one in which nigh impossible things happen, but it's an entertaining story of what might have gone on at the end of the 2nd world war (maybe). Interesting to see various actors from the 60's, such as Denholm Elliott, John Mills and Leonard Rossiter in their prime. A good film for a wet afternoon