Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Movie Review 1983

Information and Film Reviews for Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence the Movie

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An often overlooked drama about a WWII Japanese POW camp. Taut psychological drama about clashing cultures and physical and emotional survival focusing on the tensions between Bowie as a British POW and camp commander Sakamato, who also composed the outstanding score. A haunting and intense film about the horrors of war. Based on the novel by Laurens van der Post.


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Available on VHS
Running time 124 minutes.
Originally from Japanese, British.

Cast and Crew

World War II, Rock Stars on Film, POW/MIA, Survival, Christmas, Concentration/Internment Camps
Nagisa Oshima, Paul Mayersberg
David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi "Beat" Kitano, Jack Thompson, Takashi Naito, Alistair Browning, Johnny Okura, Yuya Uchida, Ryunosuke Kaneda, Kan Mikami, Yuji Honma, Diasuke Iijima
Toichiro Narushima
Nagisa Oshima
Terry Glinwood, Jeremy Thomas, Geoffrey Nethercott, Mark Huffam


Natl. Bd. of Review 1983: Actor (Conti).

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