Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence [1983] [Criterion] (BLU)

Nagisa Oshima

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In Japanese with English Subtitles


In this captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie 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, obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is the British colonel Mr. Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between captor and prisoner. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano 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.

Product Details

  • Starring: David Bowie, Takeshi Kitano, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tom Conti, Jack Thompson
  • Format: Color
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 09/28/2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 535

Special Features

  • The Oshima Gang: 1983 making-of featurette
  • New video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti, and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Hasten Slowly, an hour-long 1996 documentary
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and reprinted interviews with director Nagisa Oshima and actor Takeshi Kitano
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