Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, with a young Christian Bale playing our spoiled young British hero, living with his rich family in pre-World War II Shanghai. When Japan invades, the boy is separated from his parents and his world is shattered. 

Best Cinematography, Score and Sound, BAFTA Awards 1989
1987Rating: PG, Violence153 minsUSA
DramaWar
Director:
Steven Spielberg ('Jaws', 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Schindler's List', 'Catch Me If You Can')
Writer:
Tom Stoppard
Cast:
Christian BaleJohn MalkovichMiranda RichardsonNigel HaversJoe PantolianoLeslie PhillipsBen StillerRalph Seymour

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

It is up to young English thesp Bale to engage the viewer's interest, which he does superbly.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Spielberg includes a strand of populist heroism, yet even this fails to dent the awful message. And the budget makes itself seen, as does Bale's superlative Jim.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There are many glorious moments here.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The movie is always interesting from a narrative point of view. Spielberg is a good storyteller with a good tale to tell. But it never really adds up to anything.

Variety

Variety

press

It is up to young English thesp Bale to engage the viewer's interest, which he does superbly.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Spielberg includes a strand of populist heroism, yet even this fails to dent the awful message. And the budget makes itself seen, as does Bale's superlative Jim.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There are many glorious moments here.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The movie is always interesting from a narrative point of view. Spielberg is a good storyteller with a good tale to tell. But it never really adds up to anything.

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