Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

  • 1987
  • PG
  • 153 min
  • USA
  • drama, history, war

A British boy is separated from his family at the start of World War II. Amidst shortage of food and no means of survival, he is eventually interned in a Japanese POW camp.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Tom Stoppard

Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Ben Stiller

One of Steven Spielberg's most ambitious efforts of the 1980s, Empire of the Sun remains an underrated gem in the director's distinguished filmography.

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  • Steven Spielberg
    Steven Spielberg
    Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and studio entrepreneur. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as archetypes of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing issues...

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Tagline: To survive in a world at war, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.

Source: based on the novel by J.G. Ballard

Certificate: PG

Genres: drama, history, war

Categories: japanese occupation, shanghai, japanese army, japan, harmonica, bravery, peasant, pow, sergeant, photograph, chinese, japanese soldier, japanese surrender, footprint, wreath, potato, salt mine, oxen, children in wartime, chinese army, boy, kite, ariplane, hunger, culture clash


Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg

Editor: Michael Kahn

Director of photography: Allen Daviau

Original music composer: John Williams

Executive producer: Robert Shapiro

Production design: Norman Reynolds

Sound: Robert Knudson, Don Digirolamo, Tony Dawe

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 153 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Japanese, Mandarin

Sound Mix: Dolby

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Color: Color (Technicolor)