Empire of the Sun Reviews
The U.S. become involved after Pearl Harbor leading to the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The film has a good cast including a pre-teen Christian Bale as posh English schoolboy Jim, John Malkovich and Nigel Havers. I also recognised Leslie Phillips from the Carry On films.
The story is told over three or so hours as the few English in Shanghai become pawns in the China/Japan conflict.
Bale plays Jim and it is his painful journey that is followed. A journey that sees him separated from his parents, become a prisoner in a prisoner of war camp until the end of the war before being reunited with his parents at the end of the war.
The film embarks on a journey that has been explored many times but has a degree of excellence in Spielbergs direction.
The variety of Spielbergs work holds no bounds. Empire Of The Sun is one of his more serious efforts from the 1980s alongside The Color Purple.
Perhaps thirty or so minutes could have been edited from the three hour or so run time but I was left fully engaged with the film.
this movie is AWESOMETACULAR
"Steven Spielberg's acclaimed account of an English boy's life in a WWII internment camp in Japanese-occupied China.
Christian Bale, John Malkovich"
American, capitalism uncaged, for whom the war is primarily an opportunity for gain. Richardson is a British socialite, forced against her will to look at real life and none too happy about it. And Bale, the star, is a Brit of privilege too, but barely manages to make do. This piece had two things against it as I went in, Spielberg and Bale, but both rise above their comfort zones to deliver an exceptional story.