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Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence

Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence
  • 1982
  • UK
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nagisa Oshima
  • Written by: Original Novels:, Laurens van der Post, Screenplay:, Nagisa Oshima, Paul Mayersberg
  • Cast: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano
  • Language: Japanese / English

The sexually charged hatred between prisoner (Bowie) and commandant (Sakamoto) in a 1942 prisoner-of-war camp in Java is the main string to this lengthy character study, which is atmospheric, but not as original as it attempts to be. Bowie is pretty good by his standards, which is not saying a lot.

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