Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

"Java, 1942— A clash of cultures, a test of the human spirit."
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This story of four prisoners in a Japanese prison camp is a tale of the complex relationship between captors and prisoners. The prisoners, the main character Major Jack Cellier played by David Bowie, form unusual and complex relationships with the Japanese officers in the camp. Their treatment is sometimes brutal but tinged with occasional acts of kindness and humanity, even during the holiday season. The tables are turned after the war and the main Japanese officer, Sergeant Hara, is imprisoned and about to be executed. Interestingly enough, the music in this 1983 movie is also exceptional with the soundtrack winning the 1983 BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.

| 1983 | 1 hr 58 min | 7.3/10
David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano
Nagisa Oshima
Produced By
Jeremy Thomas
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
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