Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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In this captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp... read more

In this captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is the British lieutenant colonel Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between captor and prisoner. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash, and one of Oshima’s greatest successes.

Original Release

05/28/1983

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Cast

David Bowie Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers
Jack Thompson Group Capt. Hicksley
Tom Conti Col. John Lawrence
Ryuichi Sakamoto Capt. Yonoi (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
Johnny Okura Kanemoto
Takeshi Kitano Sgt. Gengo Hara (as Takeshi)
Alistair Browning De Jong
Tokuhisa Masuda Japanese Soldier
Takeshi Nagasawa Japanese Soldier
Takashi Odashima Japanese Soldier
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Nagisa Oshima

Writers

Nagisa Oshima, Paul Mayersberg, Laurens van der Post

Cast

David Bowie Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers
Jack Thompson Group Capt. Hicksley
Tom Conti Col. John Lawrence
Ryuichi Sakamoto Capt. Yonoi (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
Johnny Okura Kanemoto
Takeshi Kitano Sgt. Gengo Hara (as Takeshi)
Alistair Browning De Jong
Tokuhisa Masuda Japanese Soldier
Takeshi Nagasawa Japanese Soldier
Takashi Odashima Japanese Soldier
Masanori Okada Japanese Soldier
Shoetsu Sato Japanese Soldier
Rintaro Shibata Japanese Soldier
Kunihide Kuruma Japanese Soldier
Akihiro Masuda Japanese Soldier
Masamichi Shibasaki Japanese Soldier
Kaname Shimura Japanese Soldier
Kenzo Shirahama Japanese Soldier
Hisao Takeda Japanese Soldier
Hidenobu Togo Japanese Soldier

Producers

Terry Glinwood Executive Producer
Masato Harada Executive Producer
Geoffrey Nethercott Executive Producer
Eiko Oshima Executive Producer
Jeremy Thomas Producer
Joyce Herlihy Producer
Larry Parr Producer

Editors

Tomoyo Oshima

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