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Empire of the Sun (9-Dec-1987)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Tom Stoppard

From novel: Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard

Keywords: Drama, WWII, Japan

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Christian Bale
30-Jan-1974   The Dark Knight
Nigel Havers
6-Nov-1949   Chariots of Fire
Burt Kwouk
18-Jul-1930   Cato in Pink Panther films
John Malkovich
9-Dec-1953   Subject of Being John Malkovich
Paul McGann
14-Nov-1959   Withnail & I
Joe Pantoliano
12-Sep-1951   Ralph Cifaretto, Guido the killer pimp
Leslie Phillips
20-Apr-1924   Not Now Darling
Miranda Richardson
3-Mar-1958   The Crying Game
Robert Stephens
14-Jul-1931 12-Nov-1995 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Ben Stiller
30-Nov-1965   There's Something About Mary


Review by anonymous (posted on 8-Jul-2006)

Tedious dialogue with an impossible task given to Christian Bale, to make boring and cliched lines sound vital and fresh. What an apology to Japan, too. I was enraged throughout the movie with Steves constant even handed way of looking at the war and its players in it. What is to admire of a race of people who invade and bayonnet 100,000 civilians? How about a simple portrayal as the people they were? Imperial bastards who tried to take over the world and were stopped by the ever stomped on white christian males of the U>S> Stevew heavy handed symbolism and way of moviemaking back then would surely make him cringe now. I do and I dont know anything about directing a feature film. A big and ambitous project,done with mixed and boring results. I was five lines ahead of the film for three hours. And Joe Pantalonio, good Lord. A human cartoon. Acting lesssons!

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