Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

DVD - 2001
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Based on J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him.
Publisher: [Burbank, CA] : Warner Home Video, ©2001.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780790761657
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (153 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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Apr 16, 2019

Did not know Christian Bales was a child actor. Airplane scenes best part. Special features worth your time. Movie way too long. A true story according to special features.

Sep 14, 2018

Fantastic movie about a spoiled English boy that is put into a prison camp. I love the fact that he says he is an atheist when things are great and imagines he sees a woman going to heaven at the end. Great movie.

Mar 04, 2018

Was finding this interesting until the invasion and then began some very unlikely and unbelievable scenes.

Dec 13, 2017

A great story. Brilliantly filmed and acted. It's about a young lad who doesn't really understand what's happening at first but gradually matures and learns what he has to do to survive. He is finally reunited with his family who he can barely remember.

Nov 05, 2017

One of my favorite dramatic movies of all-time, a classic for those who appreciate historical context, dialogue, meaning, and a "novel" depicted in a movie. Autobiographical story that doesn't lose anything in movie form. This is a movie that will be appreciated by those who like to sit down and read a good book - a true story told through a work of art. Not for "movie-theater-goers" who wish for a story line that is told in an hour and forty-five minutes with lots of action. Not all movies are for everyone. Deeply poignant film that shows incredible attention to detail by its creators - basic knowledge of the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, China would be helpful (5-minute read on Google) in appreciating historical events surrounding privileged Jamie's journey in developing into "Jim." A truly great story with a soundtrack that compliments the deeply felt meaning of the film beautifully.

May 03, 2016

I can't believe the positive reviews for this movie. It was mediocre at best and so tedious and boring beyond belief.
10 year old Christian Bale's character was so annoying, but that's the fault of terrible writing and directing.
Also, the constant use of horrible soundtrack music is unbearable, especially the choir boy singing.
Highest possible reccomendation ONLY IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM INSOMNIA. Otherwise avoid like the plague.

Sep 01, 2015

I'd not seen this since it's release I'd forgotten much & learned so much more during that time. Excellent recreation of the book. The 2nd disc about the filming was enlightening. Highly recommend.

Oct 27, 2014

This movie makes me examine what is truly important when it gets right down to the essence. I have only recently realized that the lead is played by a very young Christian Bale. The P 51 Mustang is my all time favorite plane.

Apr 04, 2014

4 Stars

tazz3 Sep 01, 2013

great script, well acted

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Apr 04, 2014

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