Empire Of The Sun



1987, USA
153 min., col., language — English, Japanese, Mandarin

Director Steven Spielberg
Scriptwriters Tom Stoppard, Menno Meyjes
DoP Allen Daviau
Production design Norman Reynolds
Music John Williams
Sound Charles L. Campbell, Louis L. Edemann, Robert Knudson, Tony Dave
Editing Michael Kahn
Cast Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano, Leslie Phillips, Masatô Ibu, Emily Richard, Rupert Frazer
Producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg
Production Amblin Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures
World sales Warner Bros.

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.

  • BAFTA-1989 for Best cinematography, Best music and Best sound
  • American Society of Cinematographers Award-1988
  • Young Artist Awards-1989 to Best family motion picture and Best young actor
  • Nominated for Oscar-1988 in six categories
  • Nominated for Golden Globe-1988 in two categories
  • More than twenty other awards and nominations