Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Country of Origin:  Japan
Production year: 1983
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 5-055201-818720
Running time: 2:03 (123 Min.)
Casetype: HD Keep Case, Slip Cover
Format: Color, 1.78:1 Widescreen
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: October 24, 2011
Collection type: Owned (#1177)
Status: Available
Purchase date: October 18, 2018
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 0 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
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 and a camp commandant (RYUICHI SAKOMOTO), who is impressed by Bowie's defiance while bilingual prisoner TOM CONTI (Mr. Lawrence) engages in a more adversarial relatioinship 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 (also contributing the memoral 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.
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Production Studios:
 • National Film Trustees
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 • Studio Canal
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# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature (Blu-ray)
2Main Feature (DVD)
Scene Access
Nagisa Oshima....Director
Nagisa Oshima....Screenwriter
Paul Mayersberg....Screenwriter
Sir Laurens van der Post....Original Material By
Masato Hara....Executive Producer
Eiko Oshima....Executive Producer
Geoffrey Nethercott....Executive Producer
Terry Glinwood....Executive Producer
Jeremy Thomas....Producer
Toichiro Narushima....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Tomoyo Oshima....Film Editor
Ryuichi Sakamoto....Composer
Stephen McCurdy....Song Writer
Mike Westgate....Sound
Akira Honma....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Jusho Toda....Production Designer
Andrew Sanders....Art Director
Christine West....Costume Designer
Anthony Clavet....Make-up Artist
Robern Pickering....Make-up Artist
David Bowie....Celliers
Tom Conti....Lawrence
Ryuichi Sakamoto....Yonoi
Jack Thompson....Hicksley
Johnny Ohkura....Kanemoto
Alistair Browning....De Jong
James Malcolm....Celliers' Brother
Chris Broun....Celliers 12 Years
Yuya Uchida....Commandant of Military Prison
Ryunosuke Kaneda....President of the Court
Takashi Naito....Lieutenant Iwata
Tamio Ishikura....Prosecutor
Rokko Toura....Interpreter
Kan Mikami....Lieutenant Ito
Yuji Honma....PFC Yajima
Daisuke Iijima....Corporal Ueki
Hideo Murota....New Commandant of Camp
Barry Dorking....Chief Doctor
Geoff Clendon....Australian Doctor
Grant Bridger....P.O.W. Officer
Richard Adams
Geoff Allen
Michael Baxter-Lax
Mark Berg
Marcus Campbell
Colin Francis
Richard Hensby
Richard Hoare
Martin Ibbertson
Rob Jayne
Richard Mills
Mark Penrose
Arthur Ranford
Steve Smith
Stephen Taylor
Richard Zimmerman
Ian Miller....English Guard
Don Stevens....Pastor
Japanese Soldiers
Yoichi Iijima
Satoshi Ito
Masaki Kusakabe
Kunihide Kuruma
Hiroshi Mikami
Akihiro Masuda
Tokuhisa Masuda
Takeshi Nagasawa
Takashi Odajima
Masanori Okada
Shoetsu Sato
Rintaro Shibata
Masamichi Shibasaki
Kaname Shimura
Kenzo Shirahama
Hisao Takeda
Hidenobu Togo
Atsuo Yamashita
Heiwa Yoshihara
Takeshi Yu