Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG   |    |  Action, Drama, History


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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.


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13 December 2004 | NeuroticMovieLover
ASTOUNDING
I came across this film while I was flipping through the channels on my t.v. This is truly an astounding film. The inimitable dialogue, the dazzling scenes, and most importantly the profundity of its premise make this film unforgettable and worthy of sycophantic obsession. I was completely enraptured by the brilliant acting. I believe this is Steven Spielberg's most noteworthy film. His other movies pale in comparison to this one. John Malkovich and Christian Bale are incredible as usual, but in this film they bring to life a story of a boy who loses everything due to a country trying to conquer everything. The physical and mental destruction of war and the injurious effects of loneliness are very clichéd themes, but this film conveys them in an incomparable way. This is undoubtedly one of my favorite films, and I suggest that everyone take the time to watch it. It would be exceedingly foolish of one to not watch it.

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Release Date:

25 December 1987

Language

English, Japanese, Mandarin, Shanghainese


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Hertfordshire, England, UK

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,314,509 13 December 1987

Gross USA:

$22,238,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,238,696

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