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A film based on the novel by Joseph Conrad
The story is set in the late 1800s, at a time when sail is being superceded by steam and when the British, the Dutch and the French are competing for colonial conquests and trade throughout the Far East.
A youthful and wealthy businessman, Axel Heyst, travels the region in search of business opportunities. The opium wars have not long since ceased, Hong Kong is secure as a British colony and Malaya, Vietnam and the Dutch East Indies are prosperous and productive playgrounds for Europeans.
Heyst invests heavily in a venture for providing coaling stations for the new steam driven ships, the Tropical Belt Coal Company. The business fails, and Heyst chooses to retire to an uninhabited Indonesian island owned by the company, where he leads a solitary but sublime existence.
Whilst visiting the nearby city of Surabaya, Heyst rescues a damsel in distress from the clutches of a well-known womaniser and gossip-mongering hotel proprietor, Herr Schomberg. Heyst and the girl, Lena, return to the solitude of the tropical island.
In a fit of rage and jealousy, Schomberg alleges that Heyst has treasure hidden on the island, and three murderous thieves of Dickensian character set out to murder Heyst and steal his fortune. Their dastardly plan is foiled by Lena, but with tragic consequences.
1 hour 40 minutes
THE BOOK Victory is written by Joseph Conrad and was first published in 1915 by Dent & Sons, London.