Empire of the sun

United States, 1987

Film
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Jim Graham, a young Briton living a comfortable life in Shanghai, is separated from his parents following the Japanese invasion of China at the start of World War II. The separation leads to Jim being caught in an internment camp where he has to fend for himself. Cast includes John Malkovich, Christian Bale, Miranda Richardson and Nigel Havers. Based on the autobiographical novel by J. G. Ballard.

Credits

director

Steven Spielberg

co-producer

Frank Marshall

Kathleen Kennedy

Steven Spielberg

production company

Amblin Entertainment

Robert Shapiro Productions

Language

English

Duration

02:34:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

37302

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

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

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945 - China

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

History → History

Literature → English literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

War films

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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