Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Java, 1942 - A clash of cultures, a test of the human spirit

  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Release Date: 1983-05-23
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 172 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 3min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Recorded Picture Company (RPC)
  • Production Country: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom
  • Director:
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In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor.

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  • David Bowie

    as Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers
  • Tom Conti

    as Col. John Lawrence
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

    as Capt. Yonoi
  • Takeshi Kitano

    as Sgt. Gengo Hara
  • Jack Thompson

    as Group Capt. Hicksley
  • Johnny Okura

    as Kanemoto
  • Alistair Browning

    as De Jong
  • Yûji Honma

    as Pfc. Yajima
  • Yuya Uchida

  • Ryunosuke Kaneda

    as President of the Court
Production Jeremy Thomas Producer
Sound Ryuichi Sakamoto Original Music Composer
Writing Paul Mayersberg Screenplay
Writing Nagisa Ōshima Screenplay
Directing Nagisa Ōshima Director
Production Masato Harada Executive Producer
Production Terry Glinwood Executive Producer
Writing Laurens Van der Post Novel
Production Geoffrey Nethercott Executive Producer
Production Eiko Oshima Executive Producer
Editing Tomoyo Oshima Editor
Camera Tôichirô Narushima Director of Photography