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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion) (1983)

Cast: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, more...
Director: Nagisa Oshima
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, War, WWII, Criterion Collection
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopses
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion) (1983)
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence was the first English-language project of Japanese director Nagisa Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses). In tune with his previous filmic essays on racism and brutality, Merry Christmas concentrates on a war of wills between rebellious POW David Bowie and camp commandant Ryuichi Sakomoto. Assuming that his other prisoners' unwillingness to protest their cruel treatment is a sign of weakness, Sakomoto is most impressed by Bowie's enigmatic defiance. While Bowie and Sakomoto seem to be operating on a high spiritual and intellectual plane, bilingual prisoner Tom Conti (the "Mr. Lawrence" of the title) engages in a more standard adversarial relationship with sadistic sergeant Takeshi Kitano. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion) (Bonus Disc) (1983)
Special Features:
  • The Oshima Gang, an original making-of featurette
  • New video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti, and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Hasten Slowly, an hour-long documentary about author and adventurer Laurens van der Post, whose autobiographical novel is the basis for the film
  • Original theatrical trailer

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