Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

1983, War, 2h 4m

22 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Worthy themes and strong performances across the board make Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence an impactful story about bridging cultural divides. Read critic reviews

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During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp by the honor-bound Capt. Yanoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto). Yanoi and gruff Sgt. Hara (Takeshi) become intrigued with Celliers' open defiance in the face of their staunchly old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Meanwhile, a translator, Lt. Col. John Lawrence (Tom Conti), attempts to find common ground between British and Japanese beliefs.

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David Bowie
Maj. Jack "Strafer" Celliers
Tom Conti
Col. John Lawrence
Takeshi Kitano
Sgt. Gengo Hara
Jack Thompson
Group Capt. Hicksley
James Malcolm
Celliers' Brother
Chris Broun
Celliers aged 12
Grant Bridger
P.O.W. Officer
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