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Empire of the Sun [DVD] [1987]

Release Date:11/03/2009
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    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


    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
    • Nigel Havers
      Nigel Havers - Dr. Rawlins
    • Joe Pantoliano
      Joe Pantoliano - Frank Demerest

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