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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 ...

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Luc

Feb 14, 2013

beautiful movie

Beautiful movie that didn't get enough recognition. Should be required viewing for High Schoolers - and everyone.

normin

Apr 21, 2011

Movie was as advertised and arrived in good condition. We enjoyed it, and will watch it again.

NormanDreiser

Jun 11, 2009

Not historical

This movie was a disappointment on finding it was "based" on memoirs and was just too fantastic to begin with. Aside from the desire to kill the damn kid, or at least slap him silly, I found the movie too long; the ending was dragged out far too long. Great acting or overacting, as you will. John Malkovitch turned in another great performance, but no one else did. For a far more accurate movie about internment camps, watch "Three Came Home" starring Claudette Colbert.

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