Empire of the Sun

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Studio Warner
SKU 212121659
UPC 883929091539
UPC 14 00883929091539
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 38
Keywords
Adventure
China
Coming Of Age
Epic
Essential Cinema
Kids Adventure
Period Piece
Prison/Prisoners
Recommended
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note Steven Spielberg's EMPIRE OF THE SUN, based on the autobiographical novel by J.G. Ballard, stars Christian Bale as Jim Graham, a British schoolboy separated from his upper-class colonial parents when the Japanese sweep into Shanghai during World War II. Temporarily orphaned, Jim attaches himself to Basie (John Malkovich), a fast-talking American opportunist determined make a buck off the spoils of war. Later, when the two are interned in a prison camp, Jim's boyish fantasies are fueled by the grace and daring of the Japanese fighter pilots whom he comes to idolize despite their enemy status. Spielberg's visually spectacular wartime epic is a testimony to the human will to survive and a child's ability to find wonder even in the midst of horror. Thirteen-year-old Welsh actor Christian Bale is brillant as Jim in his feature film debut. Spielberg himself identified more with Jim, a boy who is obsessed with flying and who experiences the death of his innocence, than with E.T.'s Elliott. After a year of negotiations with the Chinese, Spielberg and his crew were allowed to film in Shanghai, which was virtually unchanged since World War II.
Reviews
New York Times "...[EMPIRE OF THE SUN] seems to speak a language all its own....Great and small triumphs...steadily deliver[ed]..." 12/09/1987 p.C25,Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987" 12/27/1987 p.II, 23
Variety "...[The] sweeping picture is studded by spectacular set pieces..." 12/02/1987
Premiere "Malkovich walks a line between sentiment and grit in his relationship with the young Christian Bale, and brings it off." 09/01/2005 p.130
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] astounding performances from John Malkovich and a teenage Christian Bale. Essential." 03/01/2006 p.134
Sight and Sound "The scenes in which the Japanese invade Shanghai and the English forlornly try to flee are handled with huge flair; but unusually for Speilberg, the performances and subtlety of his direction register equally strongly." 04/01/2006 p.88
Directors
Steven Spielberg
Actors
Christian Bale
John Malkovich
Cast & Crew
Miranda Richardson - Star
Ben Stiller - Star
Joe Pantoliano - Star
Nigel Havers - Star
Christian Bale - Star
Leslie Phillips - Star
John Malkovich - Star
J. G. Ballard - Source Writer
Allen Daviau - Director of Photography
Steven Spielberg - Producer
Michael Kahn - Editor
Tom Stoppard - Screenwriter
John Williams - Composer
Frank Marshall - Producer
Kathleen Kennedy - Producer
Menno Meyjes - Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00883929091539
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 152 minutes
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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