Empire of the Sun

1987 • 152 minutes
145 reviews
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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.

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145 reviews
Doğancan Özgökçeler
May 14, 2016
2.Dünya Savaşı ve Japon İmparatorluğunun Doğu Asya hayallerinin insanlara etkisini en iyi anlatan ve ''bitmesin'' dedirten bir sanat eseri...
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Willemien Pretorius
March 10, 2020
Absolutely the best movie ever. Seen so many times...still cries every time. Just love this movie.
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Thomas Curci
December 29, 2020
A real feeling period piece. We'll acted, well directed .
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