Empire of the Sun
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1987
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 085391-175322
Running time: 2:33 (153 Min.)
Casetype: Snapper
Format: NTSC, 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
DVD-Format: Double-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: November 06, 2001
Collection type: Owned (#554)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 05, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 7 / 10
Review (video): 8 / 10
Overview
Steven Spielberg's film EMPIRE OF THE SUN is an inspiring, action-packed epic of a small boy in a great war. That boy is Jim Graham, a young Briton whose unconquerable spirit soars high and free above the harsh confines of a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Through his eyes we see the fascination and horror of war. And we see a child's hold onto childhood weaken as his struggle to survive grows fiercer.

Based on J. G. Ballard's memorable bestseller, this first major Hollywood studio production ever to shoot in the People's Republic of China earned 1987 National Board of Review awards for Best Picture and Director, as well as a special citation for Outstanding Juvenile Performance for Christian Bale as Jim.
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Genres
Drama
War
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Warner Bros. Pictures
 • Amblin Entertainment
Media Companies:
 • Warner Home Video
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 5.1
English  Dolby Digital Surround
French  Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles
Chinese
English
French
Japanese
Korean
Portuguese
Spanish
Thai
Tags
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Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Production Notes/Bios
 • Closed Captioned
Crew
Direction
Steven Spielberg....Director
Writing
Tom Stoppard....Screenwriter
J. G. Ballard....Original Material By
Production
Steven Spielberg....Producer
Kathleen Kennedy....Producer
Frank Marshall....Producer
Robert Shapiro....Executive Producer
Cinematography
Allen Daviau....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Michael Kahn....Film Editor
Music
John Williams....Composer
Sound
Colin Charles....Production Sound Mixer
Tony Dawe....Production Sound Mixer
Charles L. Campbell....Supervising Sound Editor
Lou Edemann....Supervising Sound Editor
Robert Knudson....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Don Digirolamo....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
John Boyde....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Larry Carow....Sound Editor
Lucy Coldsnow....Sound Editor
Jim Issacs....Sound Editor
Chuck Neely....Sound Editor
Roger Sword....Sound Editor
Art
Norman Reynolds....Production Designer
Bob Ringwood....Costume Designer
Charles Bishop....Art Director
Frederick Hole....Art Director
Kit West....Visual Effects
David Watkins....Visual Effects
Patrick Wheatley....Costume Designer
Paul Engelen....Make-up Artist
Lynda Armstrong....Make-up Artist
Daniel Parker....Make-up Artist
Cast
Christian Bale....Jim
John Malkovich....Basie
Miranda Richardson....Mrs. Victor
Nigel Havers....Dr. Rawlins
Joe Pantoliano....Frank Demerest
Leslie Phillips....Maxton
Masato Ibu....Sgt. Nagata
Emily Richard....Jim's Mother
Rupert Frazer....Jim's Father
Peter Gale....Mr. Victor
Takatoro Kataoka....Kamikaze Boy Pilot
Ben Stiller....Dainty
David Neidorf....Tiptree
Ralph Seymour....Cohen
Robert Stephens....Mr. Lockwood
Zhai Nai She....Yang
Guts Ishimatsu....Sgt. Uchida
Emma Piper....Amy Matthews
James Walker....Mr. Radik
Jack Dearlove....Singing Prisoner
Anna Turner....Mrs. Gilmour
Ann Castle....Mrs. Phillips
Yvonne Gilan....Mrs. Lockwood
Ralph Michael....Mr. Partridge
Sybil Maas....Mrs. Hug
British Prisoners
Eric Flynn
James Greene
Simon Harrison
Barrie Houghton
Paula Hamilton
Thea Ranft
Tony Boncza
Nigel Leach
Sheridan Forbes
Peter Copley
Barbara Bolton
Francesca Longrigg
Samantha Warden
American Prisoners
Kieron Jecchinis
Michael Crossman
Gary Parker
Ray Charleson
Burt Kwouk....Mr. Chen
Tom Danaher....Colonel Marshall
Kong-Guo-Jun....Chinese Youth
Takao Yamada....Japanese Truck Driver
Hiro Arai....Japanese Sergeant/Airfield
Paul McGann....Lieutenant Price
Marc de Jonge....Frenchman
Susan Leong....Amah
Nicholas Dastor....Paul
Edith Platten....Paul's Sister
Shirley Chantrell....Chinese Cook at Detention Centre
John Moore....Mr. Pym
Ann Queensberry....Mrs. Pym
Sylvia Marriott....Mrs. Partridge
Frank Duncan....Mrs. Hug's Father
Ronald Eng....Mr. Chen's Aide
Shopkeepers
Za Chuan Ce
Shi Rui Qing
Merchants
Lu Ye
Guo Xue Liang
Ge Yan Zhao
Paul Reynolds....Refugee (uncredited)