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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

The Criterion Collection

Blu-ray

4.7 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews


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Editorial Reviews

In this captivating, exhilaratingly skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses, Empire of Passion), David Bowie (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat) regally embodies the character Celliers, a high-ranking British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Music star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, who becomes obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti (The Duellists; Reuben, Reuben) is British lieutenant colonel Mr. Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between his captors and fellow prisoners. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano (Sonatine, Fireworks) in his first dramatic role, MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE is a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash that was one of Oshima’s greatest successes.


Special features

  • New, restored high-definition master
  • The Oshima Gang, an original making-of featurette
  • New interviews w/ Jeremy Thomas, Paul Mayersberg, Tom Conti, & Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Hasten Slowly, an hour-long documentary about Laurens van der Post
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Chuck Stephens

  • Product details

    • Actors: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Jack Thompson
    • Directors: Nagisa Oshima
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: Japanese (DTS 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
    • Dubbed: Japanese
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      R
      Restricted
    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
    • Run Time: 90 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B003UM8T3K
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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