Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

DVD - 1987
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Empire of the Sun stars Christian Bale as a spoiled young British boy, living with his wealthy family in pre-World War II Shanghai. During the Japanese invasion, Bale is separated from his parents. With the help of soldier-of-fortune John Malkovich, Bale learns to survive without a retinue of servants at his beck and call. By the time Malkovich and Bale are tossed into a Japanese prison camp, the boy has picked up enough street-smarts and developed enough intestinal fortitude to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure.
Publisher: Warner Home Video, 1987.
ISBN: 9780790761657
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION EMP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (152 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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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

May 28, 2013

Unbearable acting and direction. Lousy script that is as trite as it is maudlin, stupid as it is contrived.

Jul 31, 2012

My absolute favorite movie! Always brings me to tears.

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Apr 04, 2014

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