Empire of the Sun

PG| 2 hr. 32 min.

Plot Summary
Jamie Graham (Christian Bale), a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie (John Malkovich), who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

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Genres: Adventure

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Empire of the Sun (1987)

Release Date: December 9th, 1987|2 hr. 32 min.

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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] show more

  • As Jim, Bale delivers a stunning performance; he appears in virtually every frame and truly seems to grow over the course of the film from a coddled rich child to a calculating, almost feral creature who will ally himself with whoever wields the most power in a given situation. show more

  • Empire of the Sun remains a solidly engaging story of heroism in the face of adversity, as filtered through the eyes of a boy obsessed with planes and flight. show more

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  • January 19, 2014 op81462
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    My favorite movie of all time. Bale\'s performance is the best performance of any child actor ever on screen. Movie is truly a masterpiece.

  • December 08, 2012 wvp29
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    My wife and I were teaching at Shanghai Interntional University in China. in 1990. I showed it to my students in a film course. All the comments about it to me were extremly favorable. I was able to visit many of the locales in the movie. Truly a work of art! Prof. Walter V. Powell

  • June 17, 2012 JIMMY
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    THIS KID SHOULD HAVE WON AND OSCAR FOR HIS ROLE IN THIS MOVIE HE WAS GREAT I WATCH THIS MOVIE AS OFTEN AS I CAN WHATS WRONG WITH THE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT SEE THIS AS A GREAT MOVIE IS IT BECAUSE IT SHOWS HOW BAD THE JAPS TREATED THESE PEOPLE ??

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