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Title:
Empire of the sun
Author:
Spielberg, Steven, 1946-
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Burbank, CA] : Warner Home Video, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (153 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Based on J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him.
General Note:
Widescreen version.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1987.

Based on the novel by J.G. Ballard.

Special features included on side A: behind-the-scenes documentary "A China odyssey : Empire of the sun, a film by Steven Spielberg" (English language soundtrack with optional subtitles in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Thai) ; cast and crew biographies ; theatrical trailer ; awards ; scene selections.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG.
ISBN:
9780790761657
UPC:
085391175322

1000117097

883929102983
Format :
DVD

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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