- Actors: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano
- Directors: Steven Spielberg
- Writers: J.G. Ballard, Menno Meyjes, Tom Stoppard
- Producers: Chris Kenny, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Robert Shapiro
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: English, Japanese
- Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- VHS Release Date: April 13, 1993
- Run Time: 153 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (727 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6301055691
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,815 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Empire of the Sun [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
When I heard the beautiful John Williams' score play on my TV and a boy watching a lone fighter plane soar across the runway, I was immediately captivated and sat in awe as this boy cheered on the fighter plane. I immediately rewound the tape and read the title of this clip: Empire of the Sun.
I quickly ran to my local Blockbuster and rented the movie not even knowing what the film was about and was witnessed to the most amazing film I had ever seen!
The performances were top notch and the performance from the young Christian Bale, who plays the young boy, Jim, forced in a Japanese Intern Camp, is the greatest performance by a child I have ever seen, exceeding that of such names as Henry Thomas (E.T.) and young oscar nominee Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense).
The movie itself is a visual masterpiece with never a dull moment. This movie contains some of the most memorable and beuatiful scenes I have ever seen anywhere. The story itself is full of drama, action, and suspence that captures your heart and never lets go even after the end credits are rolling!
As usual, John Williams delivers with one of his greatest scores ever. The visual effects are astounding and perfectly executed to enhance the storytelling of the movie.
I disagree with some of the negative reviews that plague this underrated epic. Many people before its release expected it to be this huge blockbuster stemming off as an adaptation of a book by the same name.Read more ›
First, Spielberg has a top-notch script from Tom Stoppard (who is surprisingly restrained with the dialogue). The cinematography by Allen Daviau is exquisite (and the transfer to DVD looks outstanding on my widescreen HDTV). The acting -- especially Christian Bale as the main character, Jim -- is great as well. I get tears in my eyes if I just hear one of the EMPIRE OF THE SUN themes from John Williams' score.
THE COLOR PURPLE and EMPIRE OF THE SUN were Spielberg's "stretch" films where he attempted to do more adult work. EMPIRE OF THE SUN is deeply moving. On the surface, its story concerns young Jim and how is separated from his parents and survives a war camp in pre-World War II China. Thematically, Spielberg tells us the story of growing up, losing one's innocence, and learning that people will do anything for a Hershey bar. When Jim throws his suitcase containing all of his boyhood possessions into the river, he makes an important choice in life. And yet Spielberg, who is a sentimentalist, reminds us that after surviving life's hardships we all still need a hug from our mothers.
EMPIRE OF THE SUN is one of Spielberg's best -- if not THE best film he's made. I think it's been overlooked. Please try to see it.
As you probably know, "Empire Of The Sun" is about a young British boy who becomes separated from his parents during WWII and ends up in an internment camp. Being a Spielberg film, the direction and cinematography are, of course, stunning. Great effort was put into making this film appear realistic and it works wonderfully. In fact, this was the first major American film shot in China.
Another strong point of this movie is that it is shown through the eyes of a child. Often, war movies are all too harsh, violent and depressing. "Empire Of The Sun" successfully shows us glimpses of the brutalness of war but it also allows us to keep a constant feeling of hope and determination. That is in no small part due to the talent of Bale. He makes the viewer feel what he feels. There is an amazing amount of passion in his performance.
It's a shame that this is one of Spielberg's least respected efforts. I put off seeing "Empire Of The Sun" for a long time because of the tepid reviews it received. Instead of mediocrity, however, I found a movie filled with inspiration. Please do yourself a favor and see it as well!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fabulous movie. A great tear-jerker. Make sure you have lots of tissues.Published 2 minutes ago by Elizabeth C. Mohr
The best ,for adults and young people. If you've never seen it, buy a copy. One of Steven Spielberg earlier movies with a young Christian Bale as the lead actor.Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
I watched this for a second time after an interval of at least a decade. It didn't quite blow me away like it did before but it has so many wonderful scenes and a fine performance... Read morePublished 5 days ago by David L.
.This movie never gets the credit it deserves. Spielberg brought a very special coming-of-age story set in turbulent times. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Tekrad
this review is not about the movie, but about the casing. The casing is not solid plastic, but has holes in the plastic, leaving only the printed paper description of the movie... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Tsukikenn
I can say good movies. One of Steven Spielberg's earlier works and set in a time of WWII.Published 23 days ago by Sabre
A superb film adaptation of J.G.Ballard's autobiographical novel 'Empire of the Sun'. An overlooked and now under-rated work by Steven Spielberg, this film actually achieves that... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Alan. J. Reynolds
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