Bridge on the River Kwai Trailer – Watch Bridge on the River Kwai Movie trailer for the 1957 Columbia Pictures film directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel. Bridge on the River Kwai stars William Holden as Shears, Alec Guinness as Colonel Nicholson, Jack Hawkins as Major Warden, Sessue Hayakawa as Colonel Saito, James Donald as Major Clipton, and Geoffrey Horne as Lieutenant Joyce. The screenplay was written by Michael Wilson and and Carl Foreman from the novel “Le Pont de la Rivière Kwaï” by Pierre Boulle. Cinematography is by Jack Hildyard and music is by Malcolm Arnold. Bridge on the River Kwai won seven Oscars (Best Picture; Best Director – David Lean; Best Actor in a Leading Role – Alec Guinness; Best Cinematography – Jack Hildyard; Best Film Editing – Peter Taylor; Best Music, Scoring – Malcolm Arnold; and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium – Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, and Michael Wilson). Sessue Hayakawa received an additional Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.