Based on J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, 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 ...Read MoreBased on J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, 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. The story ends during the 1945 liberation: on the verge of manhood, the 13-year-old Bale will never again be the pampered, privileged brat whom we met in the early scenes. Hal Erickson, RoviRead Less
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Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano. New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 160 mins. Originally released: 1987. This epic film is the first of Spielberg's World War II trilogy that includes "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan." It was made at a time when Spielberg was financially successfully but artistic merit eluded him. That this remarkable piece of filmmaking has been overlooked is no reflection on him; it is the failure of the tastes of critics and the public alike. Spielberg tells a beautiful story of the horrors of war, how families are uprooted and separated, and how the human spirit overcomes adversity. Christian Bale is superb in the film. I cannot comprehend why his career did not soar after the film's release. It was good to see him in the role of Jesus in the recently televised movie on Mary. John Malkovich is his usual fantastic self as a fellow POW who becomes Bale's Long John Silver, a sly comparison to the classic "Treasure Island." The film is beautifully photographed and has a subtle and moving score from Spielberg stalwart John Williams. It is a must for fans of the director and those who appreciate masterful storytelling. slight covered cut in rear upc.
Christian Bale; John Malkovich; Miranda Richardson; Nigel Havers; Joe Pantoliano. New. Run time: 160 mins. Language: English. Brand new factory sealed. Ships worldwide. Delivery confirm for USA orders.
Beautiful movie that didn't get enough recognition. Should be required viewing for High Schoolers - and everyone.
Apr 21, 2011
Movie was as advertised and arrived in good condition. We enjoyed it, and will watch it again.
Jun 11, 2009
This movie was a disappointment on finding it was "based" on memoirs and was just too fantastic to begin with. Aside from the desire to kill the damn kid, or at least slap him silly, I found the movie too long; the ending was dragged out far too long. Great acting or overacting, as you will. John Malkovitch turned in another great performance, but no one else did. For a far more accurate movie about internment camps, watch "Three Came Home" starring Claudette Colbert.