Empire of the Sun [DVD] [1987]

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars.
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 9)

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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