Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1983) *NEW*

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1983) *NEW*


In this captivating, exhilaratingly skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses, Empire of Passion), David Bowie (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat) regally embodies the character Celliers, a high-ranking British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Music star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, who becomes obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti (The Duellists; Reuben, Reuben) is British lieutenant colonel Mr. Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between his captors and fellow prisoners. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano (Sonatine, Fireworks) in his first dramatic role, MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE is a multi-layered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash that was one of Oshima’s greatest successes.

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During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp by the honor-bound Capt. Yanoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto). Yanoi and gruff Sgt. Hara (Takeshi) become intrigued with Celliers' open defiance in the face of their staunchly old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Meanwhile, a translator, Lt. Col. John Lawrence (Tom Conti), attempts to find common ground between British and Japanese beliefs.
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Original Japanese poster
Directed by Nagisa Oshima
Produced by Jeremy Thomas
Screenplay by Nagisa Oshima
Paul Mayersberg
Based on The Seed and the Sower
by Sir Laurens van der Post
Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Cinematography Toichiro Narushima
Edited by Tomoyo Oshima
Recorded Picture Company
Oshima Productions
Distributed by Palace Pictures (UK)
Shochiku (Japan)
Release date
  • 10 May 1983 (Cannes)
  • 25 August 1983 (United Kingdom)
Running time
123 minutes
Country United Kingdom
New Zealand
Language English
Box office $2.3 million (US)

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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in


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