Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

United Kingdom, 1983

Film
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Set in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp towards the end of World War II, the story subtly explores the bonds that develop between men in stressful situations; bonds that often transcend culture and inexplicably, sometimes, even transcend the barriers between captor and captive. Based on a novel by Sir Laurens Van Der Post. Stars David Bowie, Tom Conti, Jack Thompson and Ryuichi Sakamoto Takeshi.

Credits

director

Nagisa Oshima

producer

Jeremy Thomas

production company

Recorded Picture Company

Language

English

Duration

02:02:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36677

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Adaptations

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Prisoners of war

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945 - Prisoners and prisons

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Prison films

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Feature films → Feature films - Japan

Literature → English literature - Film and video adaptations

War films

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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