This thriller/romance is set in Indonesia (though filmed in the Philippines) in 1965, just before the fall of the Sukarno regime.
Civil war is breaking out everywhere, and there is endless talk about Communist guerrillas, military coups, and the death of colonialism.
Mel Gibson is an ambitious but naive Australian radio correspondent who has an affair with a beautiful British attaché, played by Sigourney Weaver.
But the film is stolen by diminutive Linda Hunt who plays Billy Kwan, a half oriental/half European (male) dwarf photographer. Hunt won an Oscar for this, her first film appearance.
There’s plenty of humidity and plenty of atmosphere, but ultimately none of it adds up to anything substantial, and the film drags along aimlessly.