This DVD is a classic war movie of an Australian POW starring David Bowie and Jack Thompson. A 118 mins + Extra Features duration. All regions Australian PAL Format DVD but will work in all countries . View trailer below actual DVD presentation is in widesreen 16:9 aspect. This powerful prisoner-of-war drama features a stunning cast - including David Bowie in one of his greatest roles - and is the first English-language film by acclaimed Japanese director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses). Set in Java at a Japanese POW camp in 1942, a war of wills - and unspoken attraction - unfolds between a rebellious prisoner, David Bowie, and camp commandant Ryuichi Sakomoto, who is impressed by Bowie's defiance while bilingual prisoner Tom Conti (Mr. Lawrence) engages in a more adversarial relationship with sadistic sergeant Takeshi Kitano (Hana Bi), who finally offers Lawrence a sinister 'Christmas' present. Fine performances by Conti, Kitano (his first dramatic role), Sakamoto (his acting debut, he also contributed the memorable score) and Bowie, combined with stunning cinematography and brilliant direction by one of Japan's finest filmmakers, make this a memorable and compelling war drama.
Special Extra Features:
The Oshima Gang Featurette - (The Making Of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) An Interview With Jeremy Thomas An Interview With Ryuichi Sakamoto Theatrical Trailer