The moive came out in1983.Originally posted by panzerboy
Hey IronMike USMC I haven' heard of that movie whats it about?
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, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor.
This a better description. However, the reviewer is incorrect, about the interview between Lawrence and the Japanese officer, after the war. The interview is actually with the top sargent of the camp, Sgt. Gengo Hara, played by Takeshi Kitano.Based on Laurens van der Post's "The Seed and the Sower", "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence" is an involving, almost unbearably moving and incredibly humane film. While Bowie toplines, the real star is Tom Conti as the eponymous British Officer trying to reconcile his respect for Japanese culture and innate humanity with the barbarity of the POW camp. Bowie has often been criticised for his acting, yet aside from a rather laughable flashback sequence where he impersonates a schoolboy, he is convincing as a mysterious and spirited "soldier's soldier" who has a beguiling effect on the young officer commanding the camp, played by Ryuichi Sakamoto, who quotes Shakespeare and issues brutal orders in almost the same breath.
Not the acting per se, but several scenes and lines I found rather odd, especially at the mutiny. Spielberg is not known for his subtlety and it shows. I think that is why I don't take to his films. I did, however, like the translator in the film...and the sergeant (the guy was also in "Blackhawk Down.").Originally posted by Tom DeFranco
Out of curiousity, what was so bad about the acting in SPR?
I saw it years ago...don't remember much except for a few scenes with David Bowie and the ending (rather tearful ending IIRC!).Originally posted by Iron Mike USMC
Has anyone seen "Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence"?
David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and others. Ryuichi Sakamoto also composed the music.
I recall seeing the Russian Film "Come and See," about a young Russian joining the partisans to fight the Nazi invaders. After the flick I felt like I had survived WW2! Amazing film that I highly recommend. It is brutal so beware.Originally posted by tetsuko47
I think Stalingrad is very much worth buying - I show it to my class every year. It is a little bleak, but hey - so was the campaign.
Both with footage of the battles. Good movies by the standards of when they were made. :thumb:Originally posted by jim hansen
TORA TORA TORA
TWO OTHER VERY GOOD MOVIES THAT SHOWED BOTH SIDES OF THE CONFLICT IN REGARDS TO THE PACIFIC CONFLICTS.
VERY GOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS AND AS MOST KNOW MUCH OF THE FOOTAGE IN TORA WAS USED IN MIDWAY AS WELL.
Never heard of those two films. I'll put them on my "to see" list along with "The Bridge."Originally posted by tetsuko47
What about "The Crane" or "Ballad of a Soldier". Some of the "thaw" movies are actually quite good.
Do you mean the story about the US pilot and his Japanese girlfriend? I fast forward that part...Originally posted by RStory
I watched Midway (again) the other night. I am NOT really impressed with it. Stole footage from 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, Tora - Tora- Tora, Away All Boats,. Also had a completely fictional story that distracted rather than added to the story. There was enough REAL stories they could have used instead of making one up! But I felt the same way about Titanic'; so what do I know?
:thumb: You got it in one. This was on satellite TV so there was no fast forward to use.Originally posted by dannybou
Do you mean the story about the US pilot and his Japanese girlfriend? I fast forward that part...