Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Reviews

December 10, 2008
The Merry Christmas catalogue of atrocities finally becomes numbing, even ludicrous.
October 2, 2008
From Oshima's later career... most notable is this bilingual, end-of-WWII tearjerker about forgiveness and understanding between cultures, which could have been dubbed The Man Who Fell to Java.
June 24, 2006
For all the praise heaped upon Oshima's admittedly ambitious film about East-West relations in the microcosm of a Japanese PoW camp during World War II, it's far less satisfactory than most of his earlier work.
October 23, 2004
Here's a movie that is even stranger than it was intended to be.
August 30, 2004
Mr. Oshima has staged the film in a spacious tropical setting and filled it with a great number of extras. Even so, Mr. Bowie always stands out from the crowd.
January 1, 2000
The context and frequent incontinence of the execution bring the film uncomfortably close to the pseudophilosophical bondage fantasies of Yukio Mishima.