Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983) DVD

Umbrella EntertainmentSKU: DAVID1264
Sale price $14.95 AUD
Release Date: Mar 2008

  • The Oshima Gang Featurette (The Making Of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence)
  • An Interview With Jeremy Thomas
  • An Interview With Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc type: DVD
No. of discs: 1
Running time: 118
Audio format: 2
Format: PAL
Colour: Colour
Languages: English; Japanese
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Image ratio: 1.77.1
Subtitles: English
Year of Production: 1983
Release Date: 29 March 2008


This powerful prisoner-of-war drama features a stunning cast - including David Bowie in one of his greatest roles - and is the first English-language film by acclaimed Japanese director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses).

Set in Java at a Japanese POW camp in 1942, a war of wills - and unspoken erotic attraction - unfolds between a rebellious prisoner, David Bowie, and camp commandant Ryuichi Sakomoto, who is impressed by Bowie's defiance while bilingual prisoner Tom Conti (Mr. Lawrence) engages in a more adversarial relationship with sadistic sergeant Takeshi Kitano (Hana Bi), who finally offers Lawrence a sinister 'Christmas' present.

Fine performances by Conti, Kitano (his first dramatic role), Sakamoto (his acting debut, he also contributed the memorable score) and Bowie, combined with stunning cinematography and brilliant direction by one of Japan's finest filmmakers, make this a memorable and compelling war drama.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Cast: David Bowie,Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto

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