This feature explores desire, death, and guilt in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during WWll. Japanese art cinema legend Nagisa Ôshima (the infamous In the Realm of the Senses), cast musicians David Bowie (as a defiant captive) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (as a conflicted camp commander). The NZ-Japanese-English movie was shot in Auckland and Raratonga. It was financed through Kiwi company Broadbank during the 1980s tax shelter era. Kiwi crew included first assistant director Lee Tamahori, and actor Alistair Browning (Rain) as a prisoner of war. Sakamoto's electronic score — his first — was BAFTA-nominated.
One of the finest offshore features financed by tax-sheltered New Zealand investment ... [it] was shot in Auckland and Rarotonga, with Englishman Jeremy Thomas as producer and Larry Parr, whose former Broadbank colleagues helped raise the finance, as an associate producer.– Ex NZ Film Commission Marketing Director Lindsay Shelton, in his 2005 book The Selling of New Zealand Movies