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Empire of the Sun [DVD] [1987]

  • SKU: 4318946
  • Release Date: 11/03/2009
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 10)

    Special Features


    • Behind-the-scenes documentary The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun, a film by Steve Spielberg
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Empire of the Sun
    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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Christian Bale
      Christian Bale - Jim Graham
    • John Malkovich
      John Malkovich - Basie
    • Miranda Richardson
      Miranda Richardson - Mrs. Victor
    • Image coming soon
      Nigel Havers - Dr. Rawlins
    • Joe Pantoliano
      Joe Pantoliano - Frank Demerest



    Customer rating

    Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

    90%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Elaborate Production, Chilly Execution

      Posted
      backrowreviews

      Director Spielberg may have been trying to avoid the sentimentality for which he is famous by making this movie so reserved and strangely cold, even though it is about a boy sent to a Japanese prisoner of war camp in China during WW2, which you'd think would rate a few get-out-the-handkerchiefs moments. But the movie ends up being about as off-putting as Spielberg's similarly chilly "A.I." The beginning scenes of "Empire of the Sun" are its best, in which Christian Bale (the future Batman of "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight") is the pampered, spoiled son of British citizens living in wealth and splendor in Shanghai. But as soon as the Japanese invade, the Brits are sent to POW camps, and John Malkovich shows up as a weird hybrid of Col. Hogan of "Hogan's Heroes" and Harry Lime, the movie goes straight into the tank. From that point on, everything feels fake and forced...although nicely art-directed.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A misunderstood masterpiece

      Posted
      varmintx
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      I suspect if I had watched this film back in '87, my reaction to it would have been similar to the majority's. However, knowing what Spielberg is capable of, it was easy to see how people missed what he was doing. The film is criticized for being a detached and sanitized war movie, but this is a fundamental misunderstanding. The film is seen through the eyes of a child who is warping the harsh reality around him as a coping mechanism. It's constantly dropping cues that the viewer should not trust that what they're seeing is the truth. Often times, after a particularly saccharine moment, something horrifying will happen to "break the spell." I hope people will revisit the movie with this different perspective in mind.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Slow, But Interesting

      Posted
      kevman79

      I found 'Empire of the Sun' to be slow and somewhat boring, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is an interesting movie. I'm happy to have seen it and would recommend it to those who enjoy period pieces, especially of the World War II era. Widescreen, with an almost complete lack of bonus extras.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great war movie

      Posted
      Immune77
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      Classic Speilberg. Anything he made in the 80's and 90's are his best.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Movie

      Posted
      Nyke
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      Had heard of this movie. Finally got to watch it and it was as good as I was told.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Another Spielberg Great

      Posted
      whaever
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      Was interested in Spielberg's best works and I love non-fiction with a touch of Hollywood thrown at the subject.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good little POW

      Posted
      Redrock

      It was a good moive that give you a warm felling in the end not true to life but i think a good moive over all

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GREAT MOVIE

      Posted
      Mich
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      This was a great movie and very interesting. The actors were all great.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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