Conflict is an inevitable occurrence of disagreement that tend to take place between or within individuals. It is triggered when one’s values and beliefs regarding their historical, cultural and religious aspects are challeneged. Most of the times conflict does occur between the powerful and the powerless. However, this is not the only case; conflict also exist within each individual, even though the circumstances are varied for each and every one of us. Thus, conflict is a matter that can be found between those in power and those who don’t, between individuals (interpersonal) and within individuals (intrapersonal).
More often that not, conflict occurs between the powerful and the powerless. For those cases that fall under this condition, it typically began with an imbalance of equality, two sides fighting for superiority or just to maintain their own survival. Bruce Beresford’s Paradise road exposes this very distinction but the ones who hold the power and those who don’t, i.e. the supposedly superior Japanese soldiers who are keeping a watch of the women in the Prisoner of War camp. Those Japanese soldiers treat the western women horribly just for the mere fact theat they are who they are – caucasian women. The women who are unfortunate enough to be stuck in this situation have to go through traumatising experiences. They are beaten up brutally – generally for no particular reason, starved for a long period of time, having to face misogynistic behaviours of the Japanese, and most of all, they have no say whatsoever in in response to this degradation. However, this imbalance of power is not only distinct between the Japanese and the women but also between the Japanese themselves. For instance, the interpreter of the colonel is subtly seen the be against what the Japanese are doing and their treatment towards the women. However, he has no power against those higher-ranked soldiers and there is