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: 1983-05-28
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 245 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 4min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Recorded Picture Company
  • Production Country: Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom
  • Director:
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From 245 Ratings
7.3 82%


Island of Java, 1942, during World War II. British Major Jack Celliers arrives at a Japanese prison camp, run by the strict Captain Yonoi. Colonel John Lawrence, who has a profound knowledge of Japanese culture, and Sergeant Hara, brutal and simpleton, will witness the struggle of wills between two men from very different backgrounds who are tragically destined to clash.

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    Production Jeremy Thomas Producer
    Directing Lee Tamahori First Assistant Director
    Production Joyce Herlihy Associate Producer
    Sound Ryuichi Sakamoto Original Music Composer
    Writing Paul Mayersberg Screenplay
    Writing Nagisa Ōshima Screenplay
    Directing Nagisa Ōshima Director
    Production Diana Rowan Casting
    Production Terry Glinwood Executive Producer
    Production Masato Hara Executive Producer
    Writing Laurens van der Post Novel
    Production Geoffrey Nethercott Executive Producer
    Production Eiko Ōshima Executive Producer
    Editing Tomoyo Ōshima Editor
    Production Larry Parr Associate Producer
    Sound Mike Westgate Sound Recordist
    Art Andrew Sanders Art Direction
    Costume & Make-Up Christine West Wardrobe Supervisor
    Camera Tōichirō Narushima Director of Photography
    Camera Hiroaki Sugimura Camera Operator
    Sound Akira Honma Sound Effects
    Art Shōichi Yasuda Property Master
    Lighting Warren Mearns Gaffer
    Camera Ken George Still Photographer
    Art Jūshō Toda Production Design
    Costume & Make-Up Antony Clavet Makeup Supervisor
    Costume & Make-Up Robern Pickering Key Makeup Artist
    Directing Jonty Barraud Second Assistant Director
    Directing Raijin Nakahata Continuity
    Camera Brian Harris Key Grip
    Art Masaru Arakawa Set Dresser
    Costume & Make-Up Glenis Daly Hairdresser
    Sound Eugene Arts Boom Operator
    Production Takashi Ueno Casting
    Camera Takashi Ueno Still Photographer