Empire of the Sun Movie Review 1987

Information and Film Reviews for Empire of the Sun the Movie

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Spielberg's mature, extraordinarily vivid return to real storytelling, from the best-selling J.G. Ballard novel. Yearns to be a great film, but occasional flat spots keep it slightly out of contention. Young, wealthy British Jim (Bale) lives in Shanghai, but is thrust into a life of poverty and discomfort when China is invaded by Japan at the onset of WWII and he's separated from his family and interred in a prison camp. A mysterious, breathtaking work, in which Spielberg's heightened juvenile romanticism has a real, heartbreaking context. Two other 1987 releases explore the WWII memories of young boys: "Au Revoir Les Enfants" and "Hope and Glory."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 153 minutes.

Cast and Crew

China, World War II, Childhood Visions, Survival, True Stories, Men in Prison, Producers: Steven Spielberg, POW/MIA
Tom Stoppard, Menno Meyjes
Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano, Leslie Phillips, Rupert Frazer, Ben Stiller, Robert Stephens, Burt Kwouk, Masato Ibu, Emily Richard, David Neidorf, Ralph Seymour, Emma Piper, Peter Gale, Zhai Nai She, Guts Ishimatsu, J.G. Ballard
Allen Daviau
Steven Spielberg
John Williams
Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Amblin Entertainment


Natl. Bd. of Review 1987: Director (Spielberg).

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