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
- POW Drama, War Drama
- Behind Enemy Lines
- 02 hr 03 min
- Japanese , English
- September 28, 2010
- Tom Conti , Ryuichi Sakamoto , Jack Thompson , David Bowie
- Chris Broun , Johnny Okura , Alistair Browning , James Malcolm , Yuya Uchida , Ryunosuke Kaneda , Taketoshi Naito , Christopher Brown , Takeshi Kitano
- Nagisa Oshima
Rating: R - Not For Children, Brief Nudity, Violence, Adult Language, Adult Situations, Graphic Violence
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