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Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
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Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

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The story takes place on a film set in Java at a Japanese POW camp in 1942. It is about a complex relationship between a rebellious prisoner, David Bowie and camp commandant Ryuichi Sakomoto who is obsessed by Bowie's attitude.
Actors: Stephen Taylor ,
Stephen Taylor
Stephen Taylor
Ry├╗nosuke Kaneda ,
Ry├╗nosuke Kaneda
Ry├╗nosuke Kaneda 15 June 1928
Ian Miller ,
Ian Miller
Ian Miller
Hideo Murota ,
Hideo Murota
Hideo Murota 7 October 1937, Hokkaido, Japan
Tom Conti ,
Tom Conti
Tom Conti 22 November 1941, Paisley, Scotland, UK
Grant Bridger ,
Grant Bridger
Grant Bridger
Y├╗ji Honma ,
Y├╗ji Honma
Y├╗ji Honma
Richard Hoare ,
Richard Hoare
Richard Hoare
Rintaro Shibata ,
Rintaro Shibata
Rintaro Shibata
Rokk├┤ Toura ,
Rokk├┤ Toura
Rokk├┤ Toura 30 April 1930
Geoff Clendon ,
Geoff Clendon
Geoff Clendon
...»
Genre: War Drama
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Nagisa Ôshima
Nagisa Ôshima 31 March 1932, Tamano, Okayama, Japan
Country: United Kingdom
Release: 1983
IMDb: 7.3
Quality:
Duration: 123 min
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July 23, 2003

A compelling cross-cultural study of friendship and bravery
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Village Voice
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October 02, 2008

From Oshima's later career... most notable is this bilingual, end-of-WWII tearjerker about forgiveness and understanding between cultures, which could have been dubbed The Man Who Fell to Java.
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Film4
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May 24, 2003

A memorable story of understanding across cultures.
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Chicago Reader
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January 01, 2000

The context and frequent incontinence of the execution bring the film uncomfortably close to the pseudophilosophical bondage fantasies of Yukio Mishima.
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TV Guide
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July 30, 2003

Fine performances by Conti, Takeshi (brilliant in his first dramatic role), Sakamoto (a Japanese pop star in his film acting debut who also contributed the memorable score), and Bowie enhance this provocative film.
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Q Network Film Desk
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October 12, 2010

The filmÔÇÖs attention is split fairly evenly across the major characters, and their interactions are consistently fascinating in the way they illustrate both the cultural divide and the halting attempts to somehow bridge it.
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December 10, 2008

The Merry Christmas catalogue of atrocities finally becomes numbing, even ludicrous.
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October 23, 2004

Here's a movie that is even stranger than it was intended to be.
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May 01, 2008

David Bowie is outstanding as the defiant British prisoner whose erotic appeal undoes the Japanese commandant, played by Sakamoto, who was at the height of his fame as a musical icon in Japan
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Time Out
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June 24, 2006

For all the praise heaped upon Oshima's admittedly ambitious film about East-West relations in the microcosm of a Japanese PoW camp during World War II, it's far less satisfactory than most of his earlier work.
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October 01, 2010

It's relentlessly grim, constantly off-balance, occasionally moving, and often striking.
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August 30, 2004

Mr. Oshima has staged the film in a spacious tropical setting and filled it with a great number of extras. Even so, Mr. Bowie always stands out from the crowd.
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