Add your rating See all 11 kid reviews. That life falls to pieces, however, at the outbreak of World War II when, fleeing tanks and gunfire, he becomes separated from his parents and has to fend for himself. A Japanese POW camp teaches him the meaning of want.
After the attack on Pearl Harborthe Japanese begin to occupy the settlement, and in the ensuing chaos, Jamie is separated from his parents. Jamie's mother shouts at him over the panicked mob to wait at their house and promises that they will come back for him.
He spends some time living in his deserted home, but after eating all the food he ventures out into the city. Hungry, Jamie tries to surrender to some Japanese soldiers, who poke fun at him for trying to do so. After being chased by a street urchin, he is taken in by Basie—an American expatriate and hustler—and his partner Frank, who nicknames him "Jim".
They intend to leave the boy in the streets when they are unable to sell his teeth for money, but Jamie promises to lead them back to his neighborhood where there are valuables to loot.
There, Jamie finds his house lit and sees a figure in the window whom he thinks is his mother. He runs to the door only to discover the house is occupied by Japanese troops, who take the trio prisoner.
A truck later arrives to take selected internees to the Suzhou Internment Camp; Basie is among those selected to go but Jamie is not. Because he knows of the camp's location, a desperate Jamie convinces the soldiers to take him.
It is nownearing the end of the Pacific War. Despite the terror and poor living conditions of the camp, Jim survives by establishing a successful trading network—which even involves the camp's commander, Sergeant Nagata.
Rawlins, the camp's British doctor, becomes a father figure and teacher to Jim. One night after a bombing raid, Nagata orders the destruction of the prisoners' infirmary as reprisal.
He only stops when Jim now fluent in Japanese begs forgiveness.
Dec 25, · Watch video · Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, /10(K). Empire of the Sun Critic Reviews + Ratings Favorite Theater Button the perfect movie night with tickets from Fandango. Find theater showtimes, watch trailers, read reviews and buy movie tickets in advance. Help My Fandango Live Chat. Empire of the Sun is a breathtaking movie in its scope and energy. It's just that, true to its childlike quality, this film is just a little too over-anxious to get its point across%.
Through the barbed wire fencing, Jim befriends a Japanese teenager, who is a trainee pilot. One morning at dawn, Jim witnesses a kamikaze ritual. The base is suddenly attacked by a group of American P Mustang fighter aircraft.
Jim is overjoyed and climbs the ruins of a nearby pagoda to better watch the airstrike. Rawlins chases Jim up the pagoda to save him, where the boy breaks down in tears—he cannot remember what his parents look like. As a result of the attack the Japanese decide to evacuate the camp.
Basie escapes during the confusion, though he had promised to take Jim with him. The camp's prisoners march through the wilderness where many die of fatigue, starvation, and disease.
Arriving at a football stadium near Nantao, where many of the Shanghai inhabitants' possessions have been stored by the Japanese, Jim recognizes his parents' Packard. Jim spends the night there and witnesses flashes from the atomic bombing of Nagasaki hundreds of miles away.
Jim wanders back to Suzhou. Along the way he hears news of Japan's surrender and the end of the war.
He encounters the Japanese teenager he befriended earlier, who has since become a pilot but is now disillusioned. The youth remembers Jim and offers him a mango, and will cut it for him with his katana. Basie reappears with a group of armed Americans who have arrived to loot the Red Cross containers being airdropped over the area.
One of the Americans, thinking Jim is in danger, shoots and kills the Japanese youth.Empire of the Sun is a fantastic with a very well written and developed storyline and an outstanding and very dramatic metin2sell.com Steven Spielberg's first serious war film and while it isn't and good as the war related films he's given in more recent years (Schindlers List,Saving Private Ryan,etc.), it still is a great start for a director who.
Dec 09, · Once ''Empire of the Sun,'' which opens today at the National and other theaters, follows Jim to the prison camp where he spends the duration of the war, it becomes slightly less focused.
Find the latest movie reviews from Empire, the world’s biggest movie destination. Discover Empire's take on the latest cinema, Blu-ray and DVD releases. Empire of the Sun is a American epic coming-of-age war film based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name.
It was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and Nigel Havers. Empire of the Sun is a American epic coming-of-age war film based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and .
Dec 11, · The movie's general lack of direction leads to what seems like a series of possible endings; having little clear idea of where he was going, Spielberg isn't sure if he has arrived there. The movie's weakness is a lack /5.