Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano,
During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.
  • 7.3 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Laurens van der Post, Paul Mayersberg, Writer:
  • Nagisa Ôshima, Director:
  • Jeremy Thomas, Producer:

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The Merry Christmas catalogue of atrocities finally becomes numbing, even ludicrous.

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From Oshima's later career... most notable is this bilingual, end-of-WWII tearjerker about forgiveness and understanding between cultures, which could have been dubbed The Man Who Fell to Java.

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For all the praise heaped upon Oshima's admittedly ambitious film about East-West relations in the microcosm of a Japanese PoW camp during World War II, it's far less satisfactory than most of his earlier work.

2.5/4 / 10

Here's a movie that is even stranger than it was intended to be.