Joe Simpson travels to Myanmar to retrace the steps of his father, who served with the Chindits, the special forces who fought a guerilla war behind Japanese lines in WWII. Accompanied by explorer Ed Stafford, the first man to walk the length of the Amazon, and using the secret diary his father wrote, Joe experiences the challenging jungle conditions which made this one of the toughest campaigns of the war.
Top Gear specials are known for epic journeys, incredible scenery and the amusement of three idiots having a hard time. What they’re not known for is challenging civil engineering projects. Until now. In this special Clarkson, Hammond and May don’t just buy three knackered old lorries and drive miles through the beautiful landscapes of Burma. Oh dear no. They actually have to use their lorries to do something useful. They have to build a real, useable bridge over the River Kwai. On their way to the river they almost bring down Burma’s power supply, encounter the world’s least relaxing truck stop, race around the streets of a deserted capital, saddle up a trio of unhelpful horses and attend a completely deranged party. The Burma special has everything. And this box contains MORE than everything because it also contains unseen footage AND exclusive extras. What more do you want? An actual bridge? Oh, you do? Well we know three buffoons who could help you with that.
This film offers a rare inside look into the 2007 uprising in Myanmar through the cameras of the independent journalist group, Democratic Voice of Burma. Anders +++stergaard was originally planning to make a small half-hour portrait of a young Burmese video reporter, "Joshua", member of an underground network of activists who daily risk their lives to document the oppressive conditions in the country. Then suddenly, in September 2007, chaotic events involving the rebellion of Buddhist monks against Burma's military junta not only threw the local video reporters into the assignment of a lifetime, it also forced the Danish filmmaker to retool his project. While 100,000 people (including thousands of Buddhist monks) took to the streets to protest the country's repressive regime that held the country hostage for over 40 years, foreign news crews were banned to enter the country and the Internet was shut down.