TOKYO TRIAL

By Pieter VERHOEFF, Rob W. KING

FATT PRODUCTIONS B.V - as PROD

Historical - Completed 2017

Following WWII, the Dutch judge Röling becomes one of the eleven Allied judges on the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal. The political, professi- onal, and personal con icts cause this to be the most important of his life.

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emmy 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Historical, Drama
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS, LITHUANIA, JAPAN, CANADA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pieter VERHOEFF, Rob W. KING
    • Synopsis
    • At the end of 1945, Bert Röling (Marcel Hensema), judge and professor, takes his seat on the Tokyo Tribunal. ‘The International Military Tri- bunal for the Far East’ is the Japanese version of the German Nuremburg Trials, where war criminals were tried after the Second World War.
      He departs the Netherlands with the idea that they will “ nally teach those Japs a lesson”, but reality turns out to be more complicated. Through political interference, conspiring colleagues and con icting legal opinions, tensions rise amongst the group of eleven international judges. Despite being the youngest and least experienced of the group, the headstrong Röling comes in con ict with the majority of his colleagues during the trial. Only with the dissident judge Pal (Ir an Khan) does he nd support.
      As the tribunal threatens to derail, Röling is lled with doubt: should he align himself with the majority, and give in to international pressure, or follow his conscience as an independent judge?
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