'NIPS ON DEVIL'S ISLAND' - INTERNED JAPANESE SURRENDERED PERSONNEL ON REMPANG ISLAND OFF SINGAPORE (23/10/1945)
This film is held by the Imperial War Museum (ID: JFU 425).
Shot on 23 October 1945: view of Rempang Island from the sea. View of the Japanese naval HQ ship, the Aki Maru. Views of the island. Views of typical jungle country on the island. Two men, named on the dopesheet as Lieutenant Forrester of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and 'a cameraman' (probably Army Film and Photographic Unit (AFPU) stills photographer Sergeant Wackett) walk towards camera along a jungle track. Both carry double-barrelled shotguns. An area of cleared ground with a large hut…
Shot on 23 October 1945: view of Rempang Island from the sea. View of the Japanese naval HQ ship, the Aki Maru. Views of the island. Views of typical jungle country on the island. Two men, named on the dopesheet as Lieutenant Forrester of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and 'a cameraman' (probably Army Film and Photographic Unit (AFPU) stills photographer Sergeant Wackett) walk towards camera along a jungle track. Both carry double-barrelled shotguns. An area of cleared ground with a large hut behind. Views of huts from the sea. A working party of twelve interned Japanese soldiers ('Japanese Surrendered Personnel', or JSPs) on a wooden jetty; even though most are clad only in loincloths and hats, they still stand and salute the cameraman's vessel as it passes them. On the jetty the Japanese troops use an improvised pile driver to hammer posts into the seabed. A large hut under construction while two Japanese men carry a log past camera. View of the site with steps cut into the hillside. Scene with a tent entering frame right, a large stack of wooden crates and Japanese troops sat about. Another shot of the stacked boxes; one Japanese soldier looks at the camera and another, either asleep or not wishing to look at the camera, sits with his head buried in his hands. Hut under construction. Medium close-up of a Japanese soldier. General scene with huts, Japanese prisoners, smoke from cooking fires in the air and clothing hanging out to dry. A Japanese man tends a small pot hanging over a fire. Panning shot of the general scene. View of a very basic cookhouse. Shots of huts. A Japanese prisoner removes his shirt before starting work. More views of huts with men resting. A number of what appear to be clay ovens. Interned Japanese troops resting, some with cigarettes. Men walk towards a building site; others carry a log in the opposite direction. Sacks of rice in a storage hut on the beach. Japanese working party. A Japanese officer, probably a lieutenant, with a pile of (possibly medical) stores in the background. Scenes of Japanese internees at work on the jetty with an improvised pile driver (employed 'to the tune of a Japanese song' according to the dopesheet). View of huts and the beach from the jetty. Close-up of a Japanese soldier wearing a helmet and a scarf. Close-up of a soldier in soft cap. Close-up of a soldier; his cap is marked with three stars so he is likely a 'Superior Private'. View along the jetty. Footage taken at sea; Harbour Defence Motor Launch HMML 907, superintending the convoy of Japanese coastal vessels to Rempang. Two ships in the distance, possibly the Yae Maru and the Harafuji Maru. Another Japanese vessel passes, possibly the Tenkai Maru. Another coaster passes.
Shot on 27 October 1945: footage from the dockside at Clifford Pier, Singapore. A long column of interned Japanese troops, headed by a jeep fitted with a Bren light machine gun and manned by Indian troops, makes its way along the dock. Shots of the column moving; the escorts are from the 9th Jat Regiment. Shot of Japanese prisoners marching past a sentry with his fixed bayonet in the foreground; behind, on a berthed ship, a board can be read which reads 'No.10 Hooei'. Shots of Japanese internees boarding Hooei. Japanese troops on deck. View of the berthed ship. Close-up of a name plate reading 'No. 10 Hooei'. Shots of individual Japanese soldiers probably taken from the dockside. 'No. 5 Yae Maru' on the side of a ship. A Japanese-operated tugboat berthing. Hooei being tugged out. Hooei a short distance off the dock.
Following the surrender of Japan, interned Japanese troops are put to work building their own accommodation on the inhospitable island of Rempang, one of the Riau Islands 35 miles off Singapore.
According to the official history, Rempang was considered 'a place where [JSPs] could be economically administered and from which they could be easily repatriated when shipping became available'. Rempang was to accommodate Japanese troops from Malaya, Singapore, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Sumatra, and eventually held 45,000 internees.
The commander of the motor launches superintending these convoys is named on the dopesheet as Commander Villiers, DSO RNVR.
The dopesheet identifies the Indian troops as being of 2nd Battalion 9th Jats. However, as they are seen to be wearing 5th Indian Division patches, they are perhaps more likely to be of 3rd Battalion.
- 'NIPS ON DEVIL'S ISLAND' - INTERNED JAPANESE SURRENDERED PERSONNEL ON REMPANG ISLAND OFF SINGAPORE (23/10/1945) (Allocated)
- Running Time:
- 9 minutes
- Film Gauge (Format):
- 804 ft
- Production Countries:
- War Office Directorate of Public Relations
- Girling, F P (Sergeant)
- Production company
- SEAC Film Unit