Release date30 July 1982 CastBryan Brown (Morgan Keefe), Helen Morse (Jo Reeves), Raina McKeon (Rosita Constanza), Henry Duvall (Rodolfo De Cruz), Sinan Leong (Nene), Bill Hunter (Walker) Similar moviesRelated John Duigan movies
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Far East is a 1982 Australian drama film directed by John Duigan and starring Bryan Brown, Helen Morse and John Bell. Far East has many similarities to the 1942 classic Casablanca.
Journalist Peter Reeves (John Bell) takes his wife Jo (Helen Morse) to the Far East. There they meet Morgan Keefe (Bryan Brown), an ex-pat Aussie who owns a sleazy bar/nightspot called "The Koala Klub". After renewing their romance, Jo seeks Morgan's help when her husband is persecuted by the military regime for his investigations.
Bryan Brown as Morgan Keefe
Helen Morse as Jo Reeves
John Bell as Peter Reeves
Raina McKeon as Rosita Constanza
Henry Duvall as Rodolfo De Cruz
Sinan Leong as Nene
Bill Hunter as Walker
John Clayton as Tony Alsop
Duc Sanh Lieu as Kip
Anna Rowena as Julia
The original script was about an international business conference in the Philippines where members of the Philippines New Army surrounded them. But then the story drifted to more of a Casablanca (1943) type tale. Macao was used for eight days of location shooting.
John Bell was nominated at the 1982 AFI Awards in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category.
Far East grossed $1,972,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $5,738,520 in 2009 dollars.
Far East was released on DVD with a new print by Umbrella Entertainment in April 2012. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer and audio commentary with director John Duigan.