Empire of the Sun details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano, Leslie Phillips, Ben Stiller|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||Book Adaptations, Child Stars, Christian Bale Films|
Empire of the Sun
|Run time:||2 hours 26 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Mar 2006|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Stunning PerformancesBy Hugo Hudson from London , 04 Jul 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]An epic of the scale of Schindler's List, this film is a roller-coaster of emotion throughout, dealing with Japanese occupation in China during WWII. As only Spielberg can do, it both makes you cry and at times makes you laugh out loud. All the characters are exceptional, you'll come to love them all, though I think none so much as Jim, played in a the most astonishingly believable manner by a very young Christian Bale. An absolute must-watch, this is one of my favourite films.
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Really good film!By a customer , 30 Oct 2013Fantastic film! Appeals to the general audience and Great family film also. Christian Bales acting is astounding at such a young age, He has been a seasoned actor for a long time...
A Brilliant, Honest, FilmBy Lewishamguy (27 reviews) , 23 Oct 2013This film is pretty close to Ballard's book which is a British classic on World War II in East Asia. The setting is Japanese-occupied Shanghai, now a glittering city of tall sky-scrapers and commercial enterprise, then a half-way house between the 'old China' of decadent opium dens and new Western and Japanese influences mainly concentrated along the Bund. A true story of a boy's survival in wartime chaos, with all ties to his family temporarily severed, this is above all a remarkably honest film: young Jim's lingering admiration of the Japanese, despite their depredations and in contrast to the disorderly and frightening Chinese masses, whose world has been shattered by foreign invasion, all seems very plausible, if not necessarily 'politically correct' by our standards. I felt for Jim at the end when his mother and father barely registered his presence after their reunification. Brilliant film.
Fantastically told storyBy rjc75 (4 reviews) , 18 Sep 2013Excellent story of the transformation of a young boy set against a background of confusion, isolation and alienation and war. Cast, cinematography and direction all fantastic, Well worth watching.
Don't be put off, watch!By a customer , 14 Jul 2013I did not have high expectations for this movie but I was nicely surprised. If you are considering whether to rent it or not, rent it! I had no idea of what was going on in China during WWII, let alone that Brits lived there! This movie is a great insight into a part of WWII which most people are very unfamiliar with. Great Steven Spielberg as always!
A moving, historical filmBy a customer , 03 Apr 2013I am not over generous with reviews, but this is 4.5* material. The insight, through the perspective of a very young Christian Bale, of an invasion during war and the loss of a privileged background is moving. There is a reason this film is so famous.