Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

Christian Bale
Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Christian Bale
Christian Bale
, John Malkovich
John Malkovich
, Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
Steven Spielberg

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Based on J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun stars Christian Bale as a spoiled young British boy, living with his wealthy family in pre-World War II Shanghai. During the Japanese invasion, Bale is separated from his parents. With the help of soldier-of-fortune John Malkovich, Bale learns to survive without a retinue of servants at his beck and call. By the time Malkovich and Bale are tossed into a Japanese prison camp, the boy has picked up enough street-smarts and developed enough intestinal fortitude to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure. The story ends during the 1945 liberation: on the verge of manhood, the 13-year-old Bale will never again be the pampered, privileged brat whom we met in the early scenes.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
UPC: 0883929091539
Original Release: 1987
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes documentary The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun, a film by Steve Spielberg; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Jim Graham
John Malkovich Basie
Miranda Richardson Mrs. Victor
Nigel Havers Dr. Rawlins
Joe Pantoliano Frank Demerest
Leslie Phillips Maxton
Masato Ibu Sgt. Nagata
Emily Richard Jim's Mother
Rupert Frazer Jim's Father
Peter Gale Mr. Victor
Takatoro Kataoka Kamikaze Boy Pilot
Ben Stiller Dainty
David Neidorf Tiptree
Ralph Seymour Cohen
Robert Stephens Mr. Lockwood
Hiro Arai Japanese Sergeant/Airfield
J.G. Ballard Guest at Costume Party
Maggie Cartier Actor
Jane Feinberg Actor
Mike Fenton Actor
Kong Guo-Jun Chinese Sergeant/Airfield
Yuriko Matsubara Actor
Paul McGann Lieutenant Price
Ann Queensbury Mrs. Pym
Shi Rui Qing Shopkeeper
Judy Taylor Actor
Zhai nai She Yang
Ge Yan Zhao Merchant
Guts Ishimatsu Sgt. Uchida
Emma Piper Amy Matthews
James Walker Mr. Radik
Jack Dearlove Singing Prisoner
Anna Turner Mrs. Gilmour
Ann Castle Mrs. Phillips
Yvonne Gilan Mrs. Lockwood
Ralph Michael Mr. Partridge
Sybil Maas Mrs. Hug
Eric Flynn British Prisoner
James Greene British Prisoner
Simon Harrison British Prisoner
Barrie Houghton British Prisoner
Paula Hamilton British Prisoner
Peter Copley British Prisoner
Barbara Bolton British Prisoner
Francesca Longrigg British Prisoner
Keiron Jecchinis American Prisoner
Gary Parker American Prisoner
Ray Charleson American Prisoner
Burt Kwouk Mr. Chen
Tom Danaher Col. Marshall
Marc de Jonge Frenchman
Susan Leong Amah
Nicholas Dastor Paul
Edith Platten Paul's Sister
Shirley Chantrell Chinese Cook At Detention Center
John Moore Mr. Pym
Sylvia Marriott Mrs. Partridge
Frank Duncan Mrs. Hug's Father
Ronald Eng Mr. Chen's Wife
Za Chuan Ce Shopkeeper
Lu Ye Merchant
Guo Xue Liang Merchant

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Producer
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Charles Bishop Art Director
Gavin Bocquet Production Designer
John Boyde Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Carr Songwriter
Rick Carter Production Designer
Maggie Cartier Casting
Colin Charles Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Cordwell Set Decoration/Design
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Paul Engelen Makeup
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Michael Ford Set Decoration/Design
Maurice Fowler Art Director
Ye Mao Gen Special Effects
Huang Qia Gui Art Director
Fred Hole Art Director
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Michael Kahn Editor
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Chris Kenny Associate Producer
Harry Link Songwriter
Frank Marshall Producer
Yuriko Matsubara Casting
Menno Meyjes Screenwriter
Dennis Muren Special Effects
Michael Pangrazio Special Effects
Antonio Parra Special Effects
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Robert Shapiro Executive Producer
Manning Sherwin Songwriter
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Jack Strachey Songwriter
Judy Taylor Casting
David Tomblin Asst. Director
David Watkin Special Effects
Kit West Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Empire of the Sun
1. Foreword [1:12]
2. The Choirboy [3:05]
3. Luckier [3:24]
4. Upward Dreams [1:38]
5. Partygoer Procession [3:56]
6. Hospitality [2:12]
7. Engaging the Enemy [5:13]
8. Shanghai: December 8, 1941 [2:48]
9. Lost in the Crowd [4:27]
10. Plunderers [4:12]
11. Home Alone [4:25]
12. English Boy Surrenders [5:04]
13. Making Frank's... [2:03]
14. Shanghai Jim [5:10]
15. Journey to Opulence [3:22]
16. New Occupants [1:55]
17. Chow Time [6:44]
18. The Truck to Soochow [4:34]
19. One With the Planes [2:42]
20. Kindred Spirits [1:34]
21. Tricks of the Trade [3:48]
22. The Antidote [:26]
23. New Word Pragmatist [2:09]
24. The University of Life [3:59]
25. Night Bombing [3:56]
26. Reprisal [2:39]
27. Setting the Traps [3:22]
28. In America Now [6:45]
29. Nagata's Revenge on... [2:18]
30. Lords of the Yangtze [3:34]
31. Basie Returns [4:12]
32. Kamikaze Dawn [1:39]
33. Bombs and Rapture [3:30]
34. Return to the British Dorm [5:01]
35. Broken Promise [1:45]
36. Failed Mission [2:18]
37. March to Nantao [1:46]
38. The Olympic Stadium [1:46]
39. "Pretend You're Dead" [2:15]
40. Heavenly Light [1:55]
41. Reunions [2:59]
42. "I Can Bring Everyone..." [4:10]
43. "I Surrender" [3:47]
44. Tired Eyes [2:00]
45. End Credits [4:06]
Disc #1, Side B -- Empire of the Sun / Special Features
1. Introduction [2:40]
2. International Settlement [2:45]
3. Christian Bale [2:23]
4. Shanghai Occupied [4:16]
5. Cruelties of War [3:31]
6. A Western City [5:14]
7. Jumping Back 50 Years [2:38]
8. Ballard's Memories [3:35]
9. Almost Like a Movie [2:25]
10. Planestruck [6:51]
11. Coming of Age [4:57]
12. Rapture Sequence [4:38]
13. Biggest Adjustment [2:39]
14. End Credits [:30]

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