Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun (1987)

To survive in a world at war, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.

  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Release Date: 1987-12-09
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 1385 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 33min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Amblin Entertainment
  • Production Country: China, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
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Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

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  • Christian Bale

    as Jim 'Jamie' Graham
  • John Malkovich

    as Basie
  • Miranda Richardson

    as Mrs. Victor
  • Nigel Havers

    as Dr. Rawlins
  • Ben Stiller

    as Dainty
  • Joe Pantoliano

    as Frank Demarest
  • Leslie Phillips

    as Maxton
  • Masatō Ibu

    as Sgt. Nagata
  • Emily Richard

    as Mary Graham, Jim's mother
  • Rupert Frazer

    as John Graham, Jim's father
  • Takatarô Kataoka

    as Kamikaze Boy Pilot
  • David Neidorf

    as Tiptree
  • Ralph Seymour

    as Cohen
  • Robert Stephens

    as Mr. Lockwood
  • Naishe Zhai

    as Yang
  • Guts Ishimatsu

    as Sgt. Uchida
  • Emma Piper

    as Amy Matthews
  • Jack Dearlove

    as Singing Prisoner
  • Anna Turner

    as Mrs. Gilmour
  • Ann Castle

    as Mrs. Phillips
  • Yvonne Gilan

    as Mrs. Lockwood
  • Ralph Michael

    as Mr. Partridge
  • Sybil Maas

    as Mrs. Hug
  • Barrie Houghton

    as British Prisoner
  • James Walker

    as Mr. Radik
  • Peter Gale

    as Mr. Victor
Sound John Williams Original Music Composer
Writing Tom Stoppard Screenplay
Directing Steven Spielberg Director
Production Steven Spielberg Producer
Production Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Editing Michael Kahn Editor
Production Frank Marshall Producer
Art Norman Reynolds Production Design
Writing Menno Meyjes Screenplay
Camera Allen Daviau Director of Photography
Writing J.G. Ballard Novel
Production Robert Shapiro Executive Producer
Crew Juan Estelrich Revesz Second Unit
Sound Alan L. Nineberg ADR Editor