MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 87 this week

Empire of the Sun (1987)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  25 December 1987 (USA)
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 70,830 users   Metascore: 60/100
Reviews: 277 user | 56 critic | 17 from Metacritic.com

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 25 Jul 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 26 Jul 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 09 Dec 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 49 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Empire of the Sun (1987)

Empire of the Sun (1987) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Empire of the Sun.

User Polls

Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte
Action | Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A US Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers in World War II.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson
Memphis Belle (1990)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

It's May 1943 at a US Air Force base in England. The four officers and six enlisted men of the Memphis Belle - a B-17 bomber so nicknamed for the girlfriend of its stern and stoic captain, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan
The Patriot (2000)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson
Drama | War | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A true story about four Allied POW's who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately... See full summary »

Director: David L. Cunningham
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland, Ciarán McMenamin
Drama | War | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle
Cross of Iron (1977)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission. Meanwhile the upper-class and arrogant Prussian Captain Hauptmann ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason
U-571 (2000)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.

Director: Jonathan Mostow
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill
Platoon (1986)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine
Certificate: M Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

As the Allied armies close in, the Nazis decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen?

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazzara
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Mrs. Victor
...
Dr. Rawlins
...
...
Maxton
Masatô Ibu ...
Sgt. Nagata
Emily Richard ...
Mary Graham, Jim's mother
Rupert Frazer ...
John Graham, Jim's father
Peter Gale ...
Mr. Victor
Takatarô Kataoka ...
Kamikaze Boy Pilot (as Takatoro Kataoka)
...
Dainty
David Neidorf ...
Tiptree
...
Cohen
...
Mr. Lockwood
Edit

Storyline

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. Written by Jeff Hansen <jmh@umich.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

To survive in a world at war, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

25 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Empire of the Sun  »

Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$22,238,696 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

J.G. Ballard:  the author played the part of a guest in the masquerade party scene. However, only a quick glimpse of him can be seen in the final cut. See more »

Goofs

Jamie is captured and put in a prison camp in early 1942, yet he has no problem recognizing and knowing the name of the P-51 Mustang plane, which was only even introduced into USAF later that year, and didn't arrive in China until 1943-44. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [title card] In 1941 China and Japan had been in a state of undeclared war for four years. A Japanese army of occupation was in control of much of the countryside and many towns and cities. In Shanghai thousands of Westerners, protected by the diplomatic security of the International Settlement, continued to live as they had lived since the British came here in the 19th century and built in the image of their own country... built banking houses, hotels, offices, churches and homes ...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chicken Run (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

SWING IS IN THE AIR
Performed by Jack Hylton
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Survivng life when your world has been turned upside down.
6 January 2005 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie 17 years ago as a ten year old in the theater and saw it again for the first time since then last night on a TV movie channel. I have to say I'm almost ashamed that I forgot what a great movie this was...what a great movie it still is. The film contains parts very competently played by the then relatively un-knowns John Malkovic, Joey "Pants" and Ben Stiller. The lead was played, and very well done at that, by a then young actor Christian Bales (sp?). The acting in this movie is fantastic and the story line is is as rich as any other of the best movies I've seen. Following the trials and tribulations of a child from an affluent family separated from his parents in China after the Japanese invasion. This movie will make you angry, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will frustrate the living daylights out of you and in the end you'll feel warm and fuzzy: but the hollow kind of warm and fuzzy that only comes after a very harrowing experience. If you don't like war movies don't worry!!! When you watch this film you'll see it's not as much of a war movie as it is a story of survival and the brutal realities of life when the world has been turned upside down. The movie really spoke to me partially b/c I was a young kid when I first saw it and the main character is also a young man. However, this movie also spoke to me on a much different, deeper level. Ever since I was child I was always fortunate/blessed enough to have my family along with everything I needed and most of what I wanted. This movie depicts what happens when all of those familiar things and creature comforts are taken away...it makes you ask yourself: What would I do in this situation? How would I react? A fantastic movie for almost all ages!!!


86 of 104 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was Bale blind in the end of the movie? KilliK
why wasnt Bale's performance considered for Oscar? kal07
Anyone else have a problem with the A-bomb bit? fabrice4211
Spielberg's Best Film? alj_Turin
Ben Stiller kberenson
One thing always annoyed me... iRoman_1337
Discuss Empire of the Sun (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?