Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence - 1984
Jeremy Thomas Productions - 122 min.
DVD UPC # 5028836030034; 5060034570998; 4009750214015;9788320813524; 9315842007195; 715515061919; 8713053001451; 3700173204027
Blu-ray # 715515062015(Criterion US); 9344256001765(AU/NZ); 5055201818720(UK Blu-ray & dvd)
Cast: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Beat Takeshi, Jack Thompson, Johnny Okura, Alistair Browning.
Screenplay: Nagisa Oshima with Paul Mayersberg; Photography: Toichiro Narushima; Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto; Editor: Tomoyo Oshima; Producer: Jeremy Thomas; Director: Nagisa Oshima.
In 1942 Java, after the Japanese have invaded and taken British soldiers prisoner, beating and idiosyncratic Japanese practices are the new order. A New Zealand soldier (Bowie) is captured on a mission and brought into this environment where, in spite of the hostility, there is attraction in various ways between jailers and prisoners. There is much depth to this film and you might find it useful to view it a second time. There is a homoerotic undercurrent to the story that adds tension. Wonderful soundtrack and production design, with settings in Raratonga and Auckland.
Censor rating: M - Review rating: B+
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