I wasn`t actually surprised by the ignorance of history displayed by Hollywood insiders on the subject of the Gulag, mentioned in Steve Sailer`s review of The Way Home.
Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag: A History and a consultant on The Way Back, notes: "Weir told me that many in Hollywood were surprised by the story: They`d never heard of Soviet concentration camps, only German ones."
This isn`t only Hollywood`s politics—although that`s certainly a factor
—any graduate of California schoola
might say the same.
This would also apply to a movie about Japanese prison camps—King Rat
was a 1965 movie about Changi Prison, a typical
Japanese POW camp, with torture and killing of British POWs by the Japanese.
It was based on a novel
by James Clavell, who was actually in Changi Prison
during the war.
Today, if you told Hollywood producers that you wanted to make a movie about a "Japanese Prison Camp,"
you`d have to explain carefully that you meant a prison camp run by Japanese, not an internment camp
run by Americans.