Japanema: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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Film & Other Media

Dec 201410

Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100
Los Angeles, California, 90036
United States

Forbidden Friendship between Prisoners and Soldiers
"Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence"
(123min, 1983)

Directed by Nagisa Oshima 

In this captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Composer/Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, obsessed with the mysterious blond major played by Tom Conti is the British lieutenant colonel Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between captor and prisoner. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash, and one of Oshima’s greatest successes .



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