Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island (2021)


Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island is a 2021 World War II action film by director Steve Lawson.


A band of soldiers in search of a secret Japanese ammunition store face off against deadly saltwater crocodiles in the swamps of Ramree Island. Inspired by actual events during World War 2.

What was the Battle of Ramree Island?

The Battle of Ramree Island (also known as Operation Matador) took place from 14 January to 22 February 1945, during the Second World War, as part of the XV Indian Corps offensive on the Southern Front in the Burma campaign.

Ramree Island, part of Arakan (now Rakhine State), has an area of 520 sq mi (1,350 km2) and is separated from the mainland by a strait with an average width of about 160 yd (150 m); the island is 70 mi (110 km) south of Akyab (now Sittwe). The Island had been captured by the Imperial Japanese Army in early 1942, during the invasion of Burma. In January 1945, forces of the Fourteenth Army landed on Ramree and the neighbouring island of Cheduba, to establish airfields for the supply of the mainland campaign.

Scholars now regard claims that many Japanese soldiers were killed by crocodiles in the mangrove swamps of Ramree as implausible. Some editions of the Guinness Book of World Records have attributed the highest number of fatalities in a crocodile attack to the battle but zoologists and military historians have dismissed such claims (Read this article for further insight).


  • Charlie Bond … Olive.
  • Steven Dolton … Sergeant Turner.
  • Ryan Harvey … Pike.
  • David Hon Ma Chu … Soldier.
  • Glenn Salvage … Harris.
  • Jas Steven Singh … Singh.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Steve Lawson.
  • Producer(s):
    • Steve Beecham … executive producer.
    • Tony Taglienti … executive producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Steve Lawson.
  • Music:
    • Matt Jantzen.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Creativ Studios.
  • Distributor(s):
    • 4Digital Media (2021) (UK) (all media).
    • 4Digital Media (2021) (USA) (all media).
  • Release Date: 01 June 2021 (US).
  • Rating: 16+.
  • Running Time: 82 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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