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  1. sk says:

    The name of the movie was Love Finds Andy Hardy starred Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland released in 1938. So it must be before World War 2 and also looking on were British Soldiers . Cinema more likely to be Ruby than Sun Cinema.

      • sk says:

        Ngai CO., Yes, Sun Cinema. You are right. Just compared historical picture of Sun Cinema. Ruby does not have this type of column. Normally Sun only showed Re Runs so that distorted me. picture in 1945/46 after the war err…maybe. Movie reel released in 1938. When Pearl Harbour was attacked
        in December, 1941, they may have kept it in their archive.

      • Ngai C O says:

        Hi sk,

        The Japs flew over Ipoh to bomb it before the advance of the troops.

        My dad was caught in the bombing and hid in one of the gulley’s

        The whole family hid in the jungle like yours for some time.

        There was food shortage and had to eat banana skins as well as lots of sweet potatoes.

        • felicia says:

          Hello Ngai.
          Well, yes…it is a small clue. Although the movie came out in 1943, I don’t think it would have been screened in Ipoh (or Malaya) the same year……

      • Ngai C O says:

        Hi felicia,

        I wonder if the cinemas were open, what were they showing during the Japanese occupation.

        I am sure some folks out there would be able to enlighten us, either still alive to share with us or as told by their elders, for example.

        My mum would definitely know but she never tells us anything about the war as compared to a few years back.

        • sk says:

          Hi Ngai CO, You are right about the Japanese occupation.
          My Mom also didnt tell me about the Japanese except she she hid in the jungle.
          Hi Felicia – Thanks for the clue . I didnt know Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland acted so many movies together. I wasnt born yet 🙂

        • Ipoh Remembered says:

          Dear Ngai C O

          Yes, some of the cinemas were open during the Occupation and the movie schedule was printed each day in the approved newspapers.

          The recently built Odeon, Ipoh’s first air-conditioned theatre, was re-named Bunka Eiga Gekijo and showed mostly “documentaries”; while the Capitol, known as Kyoto Gekijo, screened “popular entertainment” — mostly Chinese “love stories” made in Occupied Shanghai by the Japanese-controlled China Film United Corporation.

          In that excellent book of memories that ika put together, Ipoh: My Home Town, one of the contributors relates on p. 55 (without using the Japanese name) that her aunt owned the Capitol during the Occupation, and that “despite the danger from the Japanese, [her] mother used to sell tickets there.”

          • Homesickgoripoh says:

            Hi Sk,

            I don’t believe Odeon had air conditioning until after their lat 1970 renovation and reopened in early 1971 on Chinese New Year’s eve with the movie by
            Bruce Lee – “The Big Boss”
            Prior to that, I remember in 1969, it was still using
            fans and even had to open the side doors by the grave yard side at night and most are not even aware of it
            unless you paid attention.

            • sk says:

              Hi Homesickgoripoh, Didnt noticed you wrote until today. Ha3. Cant remember the side door was opened for ventilation. Anyone can sneak in for a free movie, then. :). Yes, I knew about the cemetery as the toilet was overlooking at the cemetery.

            • Ipoh Remembered says:

              Dear Homesickforipoh

              I don’t believe Odeon had air conditioning until after their lat 1970 renovation

              It may be difficult to believe that the Odeon was air-conditioned when it was built before the war — and yet it was!

              Was that original air-conditioning equipment still working or still being used in 1969? Your experience indicates it was not.

  2. sk says:

    I can also see 2 Cigarette vendors not wearing shoes & with one carrying a baby. Though the cigarette brands were not visible, I can imagine there were Craven A, Rough Rider, Abdullah 37, Players’s Navy Cut, State Express 555 , Torchlight, Captan’s Navy Cut & etc. There were some Army Vehicles parked on the right side. Most probably belonged to Officers.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Wow, sk, that’s an impressive list of old cigarette brands!

      And Ngai C O guessed right: Sun Cinema, on the Leech Street side, photograph taken in early ’46.

      And about this:

      The Japs flew over Ipoh to bomb it before the advance of the troops.

      Yes, the bombers “visited” Ipoh in the middle of December, ’41; the troops arrived at the end of the month.

  3. sk says:

    Does Ipohworld or anyone to share the bombed Ipoh town & some Japanese Troops in Ipoh. Have not come across in Ipoh. Share with us, if you have any. Thank you.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear Mano

      All the way down the peninsula, it was the retreating British troops who destroyed roads, bridges, power stations, and other things.

      No doubt High Command in Singapore was caught without a clue: as late as February, 1942, when the Japanese had already taken half the island, some officers could still be found at the Raffles Hotel sipping their cocktails on the veranda! But captains and sergeants in the field were not blind: they knew they were losing and so they tried to make things as difficult as they could for the soon-to-be occupiers.

      In Ipoh, Japanese bombs were more focused on communications facilities such as telephone and telegraph systems; as well as the aerodrome, where a small squadron of RAF Brewster Buffalo fighters was stationed. (In truth, the Japanese needn’t have worried about the Buffalo squadron as it was quickly pulverized in the air by their own Zeroes.)

  4. Mano says:

    Dear Ipoh Remembered,
    Further to your account, I believe there were several factors that gave the Japs the advantage. Namely:
    1. The Japs traveled light whereas the British weighed themselves down with ‘necessities’.
    2. The British were wrong in assuming that being Asian, the Japs would have an advantage if they fought in the jungle. (‘The Jungle Is Neutral’ by Spencer Chapman)
    3. The Japs were highly mobile as they had no qualm in confiscating any mode of transport from the people.

    The Japs were only held back when the British made their strongest stand against the Japanese at Kampar. They then came by the Kuala Dipang river in boats behind the British lines to defeat them. I believe the trenches built during that battle are still there.

  5. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Mano

    Yes, I agree, the Battle of Kampar was a real fight — but no thanks to the High Command in Singapore.

    From a British communiqué issued on the 29th of December, 1941: “We never intended to make a stand for Ipoh.”

    Some things are simply unforgivable.

  6. sk says:

    Thanks for the Accounts in Kampar battle. It led me to a take second look . It was a heroic battle by the defending soldiers where they laid their lives to slow down the Japanese advance, otherwise more lives would have been lost. History would had been re-written had the defending soldiers laid an ambush at the river in Kuala Dipang. Like Chess players, the Japanese did their homework & strategy well. In war, its a game of out foxing each other, like the German – Ermin Rommel who was known as ” The Desert Fox” “In a man-to-man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine.”

    • Ngai C O says:

      Hi sk,

      If I am not mistaken, the majority who fought in Kampar to stall the Japanese advance were recruited from India or later the Commonwealth.

      The Australians in later battles further south had to bear the brunt of the assault whereas the Brits were concentrated in Singapore and still thought they were invincible.

      One story that came out was the Australian commander evacuated himself leaving his subordinates to fend for themselves.

  7. Mano says:

    Interesting comment there, sk. Question is, would it have really mattered if the British had preempted the Japanese at Kuala Dipang? As Ipoh Remembered pointed out, the British were almost uninterested in defending the peninsula. Perhaps due to ‘pressing matters’ closer to home. The Japs, however, were doggedly determined in their quest. Their ‘kamikazi’ pilots would attest to that.

  8. Ngai C O says:


    Google Battle of Kampar – wikipedia and Battle of Kampar – Ipoh Echo for a more detailed account.

    From the accounts, the Japanese outflanked the defenders by opening a second front at Telok Anson.

    This left the defenders with no choice but to withdraw or eliminated.

  9. sk says:

    Japanese Soldiers killed 500 to 150 Commonwealth soldiers killed as per 1 Commonwealth Soldier to 3.3 Dead Japanese soldier. Despite the ratio difference by the Japanese, they kept coming. Imagine a small country like Japan taking the Might of China & other South Asian- Pacific Countries. It showed its just not sheer numbers but true grit & determination to win a battle. Had it not been the atomic bombs, we would be looking at a different history now.

      • Ngai C O says:



        a japanese war crime : human experimentation with prisoners in taiping.

        The article yields information of another Japanese activity in occupied Malaya

  10. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Ngai C O

    From the accounts, the Japanese outflanked the defenders by opening a second front at Telok Anson.

    Yes, this kind of outflanking was repeated over the entire length of the peninsula.

    As soon as the Japanese had a foothold in the north, they sent little boats down the west coast. Each boat towed barges carrying tens or in some cases hundreds of soldiers. The boats tied up wherever they could and the soldiers went ashore, hid, and waited. As the British retreated, one by one these small groups of Japanese soldiers would emerge and attack them from the rear, giving the impression that the Japanese were everywhere. You can imagine the effect on the morale of British troops.

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