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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Furyo) (1983)

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David Bowie David Bowie
Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers
Tom Conti Tom Conti
Col. John Lawrence
Ryuichi Sakamoto Ryuichi Sakamoto
Capt. Yonoi
Takeshi Kitano Takeshi Kitano
Sgt. Gengo Hara
Jack Thompson Jack Thompson
Group Capt. Hicksley
Johnny Okura Johnny Okura
James Malcolm James Malcolm
Celliers' Brother

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Laurens van der Post Laurens van der Post
Nagisa Oshima Nagisa Oshima


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A very good movie

6 years, 10 months ago at Mar 10 11:54
To be honest, it has been years since I have seen this movie and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Anyway, I always thought it was just a fascinating picture. I mean, first of all, the people involved were just really interesting. Indeed, even though it was directed by Nagisa Ôshima, it wasn’t really a Japanese production, more an international project. Same for the lead characters... read more
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Description: 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. Rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while 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 ... (more)
Tags: Japan (12), War (9), 1980s (8), Torture (7), Prison (6), 1983 (6), Suicide (6), Japanese (5), Katana (5), Lieutenant (5), POW (5), British (5), Execution (4), David Bowie (4), Dutch (4), Japanese Army (4), Homosexuality (4), WWII (4), Imperial Japan (3), Character Name In Title (3)
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"13.1.2018, TV (Yle Teema) Aloin katsomaan tätä noin viikko sitten, mutta päätin jättää kesken, koska omistamassani DVD:ssä oli vain saksankieliset tekstitykset (japaniksi puhutut kohdat oli kyllä tekstitetty englanniksi) ja japanilaisten näyttelijöiden englannista oli vaikea saada selvää. Onneksi Yle Teema näytti tämän Bowie aiheisten dokumenttien jälkeen. Elokuva on ihan hyvä kuvaus kulttuurien eroista japanilaisella vankileirillä. Musiikit olivat erinomaiset ja näyttelykin"

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