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Based on J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun stars Christian Bale as a spoiled young British boy, living with his wealthy family in pre-World War II Shanghai. During the Japanese invasion, Bale is separated from his parents. With the help of soldier-of-fortune John Malkovich, Bale learns to survive without a retinue of servants at his beck and call. By the time Malkovich and Bale are tossed into a Japanese prison camp, the boy has picked up enough street-smarts and developed enough intestinal fortitude to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure. The story ends during the 1945 liberation: on the verge of manhood, the 13-year-old Bale will never again be the pampered, privileged brat whom we met in the early scenes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 9, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Cordwell Best Art Direction 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Knudson Best Sound 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Dawe Best Sound 1987 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Allen Daviau Best Cinematography 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Allen Daviau Best Cinematography 1987 Nominee
National Board of Review Christian Bale Outstanding Juvenile Performance 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Score 1987 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Williams Best Score 1988 Winner
National Board of Review Steven Spielberg Best Director 1987 Winner
Directors Guild of America Steven Spielberg Best Director 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bob Ringwood Best Costume Design 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Reynolds Best Art Direction 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Kahn Best Editing 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don Digirolamo Best Sound 1987 Nominee

Cast

Christian Bale
as Jim Graham
John Malkovich
as Basie
Miranda Richardson
as Mrs. Victor
Nigel Havers
as Dr. Rawlins
Joe Pantoliano
as Frank Demerest
Leslie Phillips
as Maxton
Masato Ibu
as Sgt. Nagata
Rupert Frazer
as Jim's Father
Peter Gale
as Mr. Victor
Takatoro Kataoka
as Kamikaze Boy Pilot
Ben Stiller
as Dainty
David Neidorf
as Tiptree
Ralph Seymour
as Cohen
Robert Stephens
as Mr. Lockwood
Hiro Arai
as Japanese Sergeant/Airfield
Maggie Cartier
Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Yuriko Matsubara
Paul McGann
as Lieutenant Price
Ann Queensbury
as Mrs. Pym
Judy Taylor
Guts Ishimatsu
as Sgt. Uchida
Emma Piper
as Amy Matthews
Jack Dearlove
as Singing Prisoner
Anna Turner
as Mrs. Gilmour
Ann Castle
as Mrs. Phillips
Yvonne Gilan
as Mrs. Lockwood
Ralph Michael
as Mr. Partridge
Sybil Maas
as Mrs. Hug
Eric Flynn
as British Prisoner
James Greene
as British Prisoner
Simon Harrison
as British Prisoner
Barrie Houghton
as British Prisoner
Peter Copley
as British Prisoner
Barbara Bolton
as British Prisoner
Francesca Longrigg
as British Prisoner
Keiron Jecchinis
as American Prisoner
Gary Parker
as American Prisoner
Ray Charleson
as American Prisoner
Burt Kwouk
as Mr. Chen
Tom Danaher
as Col. Marshall
Marc de Jonge
as Frenchman
Susan Leong
as Amah
Nicholas Dastor
as Paul
Edith Platten
as Paul's Sister
Shirley Chantrell
as Chinese Cook At Detention Center
Sylvia Marriott
as Mrs. Partridge
Frank Duncan
as Mrs. Hug's Father
Ronald Eng
as Mr. Chen's Wife
Guts Ishimatsu
as Sgt. Uchida
Ronald Eng
as Mr. Chen's Wife
Susan Leong
as Amah
Yvonne Gilan
as Mrs. Lockwood
Keiron Jecchinis
as American Prisoner
Francesca Longrigg
as British Prisoner
Ralph Michael
as Mr. Partridge
Jack Dearlove
as Singing Prisoner
James Greene
as British Prisoner
Frank Duncan
as Mrs. Hug's Father
Paul McGann
as Lieutenant Price
Sylvia Marriott
as Mrs. Partridge
Sybil Maas
as Mrs. Hug
Barrie Houghton
as British Prisoner
Burt Kwouk
as Mr. Chen
Shirley Chantrell
as Chinese Cook At Detention Center
Peter Copley
as British Prisoner
Emma Piper
as Amy Matthews
Edith Platten
as Paul's Sister
Nicholas Dastor
as Paul
Anna Turner
as Mrs. Gilmour
Gary Parker
as American Prisoner
Ann Castle
as Mrs. Phillips
Marc de Jonge
as Frenchman
Barbara Bolton
as British Prisoner
Eric Flynn
as British Prisoner
Ray Charleson
as American Prisoner
Simon Harrison
as British Prisoner
Hiro Arai
as Japanese Sergeant/Airfield
Tom Danaher
as Col. Marshall
Ann Queensbury
as Mrs. Pym

Crew

Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Producer
Frank Marshall
Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
Producer
Menno Meyjes
Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
Screenwriter
Allen Daviau
Cinematographer
Harry Link
Songwriter
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Eric Maschwitz
Featured Music
Jimmy Kennedy
Featured Music
Jack Strachey
Songwriter
Manning Sherwin
Songwriter
Michael Kahn
Editor
Norman Reynolds
Production Designer
Rick Carter
Production Designer
Gavin Bocquet
Production Designer
Charles Bishop
Art Director
Charles Bishop
Supervising Art Director
Norman Dorme
Supervising Art Director
Norman Dorme
Art Director
Fred Hole
Art Director
Maurice Fowler
Supervising Art Director
Maurice Fowler
Art Director
Chris Kenny
Associate Producer
Harry Cordwell
Set Designer
Bob Ringwood
Costume Designer
Tony Dawe
Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Charles
Sound/Sound Designer
David Watkin
Special Effects
Dennis Muren
Special Effects
Michael Pangrazio
Special Effects
Kit West
Special Effects
David Tomblin
First Assistant Director
Michael Roberts
Camera Operator
Vic Armstrong
Stunts
Jane Feinberg
Casting
Maggie Cartier
Casting
Judy Taylor
Casting
Yuriko Matsubara
Casting
Mike Fenton
Casting
James Devis
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Frank Marshall
Second Unit Director
Paul Engelen
Makeup
Kit West
Special Effects Supervisor
Kevin Bartnof
Foley Artist
Peter Childs
Draftsman
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