Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tom Conti, David Bowie, Takeshi Kitano, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jack Thompson

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE is a movie directed by Nagisa Oshima in 1983. Nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Festival.
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A prisoner camp in the island of Java, 1942. Tom Conti, the spokesman of the prisoners, is having a hard time trying to understand the subtleties of the japanese psychology. When David Bowie, a british officer, is brought into the camp, Captain Yonoi is attracted by him. But Bowie's rebellions and provocations and above all the strict japanese moral code will lead the captain to take cruel decisions against the european prisoners.

Surprise, the most interesting character of the movie is played by Takeshi Kitano who'll become a few years later the brilliant director of SONATINE.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Gay guys! Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   soldier

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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