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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence was the first English-language project of Japanese director Nagisa Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses). In tune with his previous filmic essays on racism and brutality, Merry Christmas concentrates on a war of wills between rebellious POW David Bowie and camp commandant Ryuichi Sakomoto. Assuming that his other prisoners' unwillingness to protest their cruel treatment is a sign of weakness, Sakomoto is most impressed by Bowie's enigmatic defiance. While Bowie and Sakomoto seem to be operating on a high spiritual and intellectual plane, bilingual prisoner Tom Conti (the "Mr. Lawrence" of the title) engages in a more standard adversarial relationship with sadistic sergeant Takeshi Kitano. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 25, 1983

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ryuichi Sakamoto Best Score 1983 Winner
National Board of Review Tom Conti Best Actor 1983 Winner

Cast

David Bowie
as Celliers
Tom Conti
as Col. John Lawrence
Ryuichi Sakamoto
as Yonoi
Jack Thompson
as Hicksley
Johnny Okura
as Kanemoto
Alistair Browning
as DeJong
James Malcolm
as Celliers' brother
Yuya Uchida
as Commandant
Ryunosuke Kaneda
as Col Fujimara
Taketoshi Naito
as Lt. lwata
Tamio Ishikura
Chris Broun
as Jack (boy)
Christopher Brown
as Celliers at Age 12
Rob Jayne
Hideo Murota
Rokko Toura
Chris Broun
as Cellier - younger
Takeshi Kitano
as Sgt. Gengo Hara
Chris Broun
as Cellier - younger
Chris Broun
as Jack (boy)
Christopher Brown
as Celliers at Age 12

Crew

Nagisa Oshima
Director
Jeremy Thomas
Producer
Geoffrey Nethercott
Producer
Terry Glinwood
Producer
Masato Hara
Producer
Laurens Van der Post
Book Author
Paul Mayersberg
Screenwriter
Nagisa Oshima
Screenwriter
Toichiro Narushima
Cinematographer
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Composer (Music Score)
Tomoyo Oshima
Editor
Andrew Sanders
Production Designer
Shigemasa Toda
Production Designer
Andrew Sanders
Art Director
Joyce Herlihy
Associate Producer
Masato Hara
Executive Producer
Terry Glinwood
Executive Producer
Geoffrey Nethercott
Executive Producer
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