Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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One of the founders of the Japanese New Wave, Oshima was known for taking on Japanese taboos and creating films against the status quo and in 1983, Nagisa Oshima, now residing in France, went to work on his film "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence", a historical war film loosely based on the novel "The Seed and The Sower" by Laurens Van der Post and Laurens' experience as British soldier who surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 and was a prisoner of war for several years and saw how soldiers were treated by the Japanese but how he was able to stay alive due to his ability to speak Japanese.
But Nagase Oshima has always had a different perspective towards Japanese culture and for Nagashima, this was a chance to explore men's attitudes in POW camp but to also explore perspectives of men from two different worlds and the consequences of war. Because "The Bridge on the River Kwai" was released in 1957 and dealt with British prisoners of war, both Oshima and screenwriter Paul Mayersberg ("The Man Who Fell to Earth", "Eureka", "The Last Samurai") wanted to make things different with this film and other POW war films. "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" would eventually be nominated for a Golden Palm at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for six Japanese Academy Awards and also a winner of a BAFTA Award for "Best Score". And now "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" has been given the Criterion Collection treatment and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD.Read more ›
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Such a good movie. It brought two cultures together at such a difficult time in history. David Bowie was very good in it.Published 5 days ago by Karen G.
David Bowie Delivers !!! I Noticed Mr Tom Conti as well but for me I was More Mesmerized by David Bowie's performance as Celliers as a More Interesting and Charismatic character... Read morePublished 17 days ago by CANUT REYES
Great movie and love the special features with this purchase.Published 2 months ago by Soldier, Dumbledore's Army
just a uniquely filmed movie. I will leave the rest of the lengthy reviews for you to read! They are all spot on and I'm with them!Published 4 months ago by Cory DeNuccio
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