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Plot, Details & Awards

Empire of the Sun

PG In Theaters 12/9/1987 , 160min.
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Plot & Details

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 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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Michael Kahn Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Tony Dawe Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Allen Daviau Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Harry Cordwell Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound John Boyde Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score John Williams Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Bob Ringwood Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Don Digirolamo Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Norman Reynolds Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score John Williams Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Allen Daviau Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score John Williams Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Directors Guild of America Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 National Board of Review Outstanding Juvenile Performance Christian Bale Won
1987 National Board of Review Best Picture Won
1987 National Board of Review Best Director Steven Spielberg Won

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