Country Of Origin Poster. Blood Oath,known in some countries as Prisoners of the Sun, is based on the real-life trial of Japanese soldiers for war crimes committed against Allied prisoners of war on the island of Ambon, in the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), such as the Laha massacre of 1942.Directed by Stephen Wallace and co-written by Denis Whitburn and Brian A. Williams. Starring Bryan Brown, George Takei, Terry O'Quinn, John Bach, John Clarke, Deborah Kara Unger, John Polson, Nicholas Eadie, David Argue and Ray Barrett. Debuting feature film roles for both Russell Crowe and Jason Donovan can also be found. Nominated for several AFI Awards in 1990, including "Best Film", Blood Oath won "Best Achievement in Sound" and "Best Achievement in Costume Design".