Empire of the Sun Reviews
The movie lost to "The Last Emperor" in all six nomitated categories at the Oscars. Two pretty similiar films actually. Both sat in Asia, with young boys as leads. Both are also very long films. This one felt too long, I fell out of it after a great build up, 1.5 hours in. I failed to focus and I figured that I never bought the story, I guess. Too many happy undertones, even if it's seen from a childs perspective. Some great scenes, like the sneaky mission and the footrint sceene, done in a room covered with powder.
This is Bale's film, he is very impressive. His debut to screen, at age twelve. I've always thought he debuted in "Mio Min Mio", but I stand corrected. They came out the same year, though. Huge film, but not my favorite work from Steven. Far from it.
6 out of 10 golf shoes.
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"