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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

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In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are ... See full summary »

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Capt. Yonoi (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
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Sgt. Gengo Hara (as Takeshi)
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Johnny Ohkura ...
Kanemoto
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De Jong
James Malcolm ...
Celliers' Brother
Chris Broun ...
Celliers aged 12
Yûya Uchida ...
Commandant of Military Prison
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ...
President of the Court
Takashi Naitô ...
Lt. Iwata
Tamio Ishikura ...
Prosecutor
Rokkô Toura ...
Interpreter
Kan Mikami ...
Lt. Ito
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In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of committing suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Java, 1942 - A clash of cultures, a test of the human spirit.

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Drama | War

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2 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Furyo  »

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SEK 1,627,497 (Sweden)
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From interview with Yûya Uchida and lecture by Nagisa Ôshima: Singer/actor Kenji Sawada was first choice for captain Yonoi. After he suggested David Bowie for Celliers, Sawada dropped out due to his touring schedule. Tomokazu Miura was then considered for Yonoi briefly, before Oshima saw a photograph collection and noted the similar androgyny Ryuichi Sakamoto shared with Sawada. 'Shintaro Katsu', legendary chambara star already causing discord on the set of Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha (1980), was first choice for Sgt. Hara. Oshima conceived Yonoi in the image of Yukio Mishima. Celliers was fashioned after Peter O'Toole's character in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). See more »

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In the final scene in the prison cell, the cross belt of Lt Col Lawrence's Sam Browne is fitted back to front. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sgt. Gengo Hara: [in Japanese] Wake up, Lawrence.
Colonel Lawrence: [in Japanese] What is it? Why so early, Sergeant Hara?
Sgt. Gengo Hara: [in Japanese] Hurry up!
Group Capt. Hicksley: What does he want?
Colonel Lawrence: [in English] I'll find out?
Sgt. Gengo Hara: [in Japanese] What?
Group Capt. Hicksley: You don't have to take orders from this man, you know, Lawrence.
Colonel Lawrence: Well, I'm the liaison officer, so I'm liaising.
Sgt. Gengo Hara: [in Japanese] What did he say?
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Referenced in Fear and Trembling (2003) See more »

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Forbidden Colours
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Composed and Performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Sung by David Sylvian
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Had to swallow a lump or two
17 July 2004 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

I remembered watching this movie when I was younger and it affecting me a lot. Well, I re-watched it recently and it has lost none of it's power.

The acting in the movie is adequate without ever being great (the notable exception being Tom Conti who is fantastic in his role as the misunderstood titular character).

However, the movie moves beyond the acting and once you are embroiled in the atmosphere and realism you become oblivious to any acting shortcomings.

The movie must be one of the most accurate depictions of human nature in a war. It has a diverse range of characters yet none of them becomes a caricature. It certainly doesn't sink into the good vs evil mindset that many war movies do.

The violence is graphic and shocking despite lacking the visceral realism of Spielberg's later war movies.

The ending of the movie still affects me, even after repeated viewings. I still have to a lump or two to stop from crying even now.

Overall, recommended for anyone with an interest in a non-stereotypical movie about war. Not for the faint of heart though.


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