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

producer

Jeremy Thomas

production company

Recorded Picture Company

Duration

02:02:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1983

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

36677

Language

English

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

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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