Empire of the Sun  

To survive in a world at war, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.

Empire of the Sun (1987)

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Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Tom Stoppard, Menno Meyjes.

Release Date: 1987-12-09
Status: Released
Run time: 153 min / 2:33
Budget: $35,000,000
Revenue: $22,238,696
Production Companies : Amblin Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 1987-12-09
Status: Released
Run time: 153 min / 2:33
Budget: $35,000,000
Revenue: $22,238,696

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Christian Bale
as Jim 'Jamie' Graham
John Malkovich
as Basie
Miranda Richardson
as Mrs. Victor
Nigel Havers
as Dr. Rawlins
Ben Stiller
as Dainty
Joe Pantoliano
as Frank Demarest
Leslie Phillips
as Maxton
Masatō Ibu
as Sgt. Nagata
Emily Richard
as Mary Graham, Jim's mother
Rupert Frazer
as John Graham, Jim's father
Peter Galea
as Mr. Victor
Takatarô Kataoka
as Kamikaze Boy Pilot
David Neidorf
as Tiptree
Ralph Seymour
as Cohen
Robert Stephens
as Mr. Lockwood
Zhai Nai She
as Yang
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
Barrie Houghton
as British Prisoner
James Walker
as Mr. Radik


Directing Steven Spielberg Director
Writing Tom Stoppard Screenplay
Writing Menno Meyjes Screenplay
Production Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Production Frank Marshall Producer
Production Steven Spielberg Producer
Production Robert Shapiro Executive Producer
Sound John Williams Original Music Composer
Camera Allen Daviau Director of Photography
Editing Michael Kahn Editor
Writing J.G. Ballard Novel
Crew Allen Daviau Cinematography
Crew Juan Estelrich Jr. Second Unit
Art Norman Reynolds Production Design
Sound Alan L. Nineberg ADR Editor

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