Empire of the Sun
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With an edgy, intelligent script by playwright Tom Stoppard, Mr. Spielberg has made an extraordinary film out of Mr. Ballard's extraordinary war experience. [09 Dec 1987]
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Movie Info & Cast
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Chris Kenny, Frank Marshall
Writer: Tom Stoppard, J.G. Ballard, Menno Meyjes
Release Date: Dec 25, 1987
Runtime: 2hr 33m
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.
- Christian Bale
- John Malkovich
- Miranda Richardson
- Nigel Havers
- Joe Pantoliano
- Leslie Phillips
- Masatô Ibu
- Emily Richard
- Rupert Frazer
- Peter Gale
Did You Know?
- (Cameo) J.G. Ballard: a guest in the masquerade party scene.
- Jim could not have witnessed the atomic bomb explosion in Japan with anything approaching the detail shown in the film. The closest point of the Chinese mainland to Nagasaki is about 475 miles away, and Hiroshima is about 640 miles away. Even with no obstacles, the curvature of the earth would allow him to see nothing more than a brief dim glow on the horizon.
- [Tossing a pair of sunglasses to Jim as the Japanese army begin to beat him]
- Basie: I want these back when they're done.
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