PG | | Drama, History, War
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.
Steven Spielberg had planned a long, continuous shot with Jim standing on top of the building at the prison camp, watching the American planes bomb the airfields. The shot was very complicated and would require a single take. He gave instructions to Christian Bale to get excited, jump up and down, and run around on the rooftop as the planes passed and the bombs went off. However, Bale became nervous as the stunts began, and didn't do much of anything. Since most of the explosions had been used up on this shot, Spielberg (after some soft, fatherly words with the young Bale) improvised with several shots from different close-up angles, eventually getting Bale to give a more excited performance.
In 1941 China and Japan had been in a state of undeclared war for four years. A Japanese army of occupation was in control of much of the countryside and many towns and cities. In Shanghai thousands of Westerners, protected by the diplomatic ...
When Jamie is thrown into the truck to Soochow, Christian Bale really cuts the top of his head. Blood appears above his forehead, and a drop splashes on his nose.
English, Japanese, Mandarin, Shanghainese
$1,314,509 (USA) (13 December 1987)