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The story of young English boy who lives with his parents in Shanghai during World War II. After the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese occupy the Shanghai International Settlement, and in the following chaos Jim becomes separated from his parents.
For a film that brims with such a strong passion for flying, it's quite ironic that Empire of the Sun doesn't even manage to take off at any given point over the course of its runtime. Quite a chore to sit through, this coming-of-age war drama from Steven Spielberg is completely devoid of his usual flair, remains monotonous in tone from start to finish & is pretty much unsure of what it wants to be.
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, the story of Empire of the Sun is set during the Second World War in China and tells the story of Jamie; an English kid who after getting separated from his parents during the Japanese invasion of…
Wow, Batman was tiny.
It's freaky just looking at him.
"Hey kid. You want a Hershey's bar?" ~ Basie
Who would have guessed that a 13-year-old kid named Christian Bale could act so well? Well, director Steven Spielberg did, for one. Yeah, it's Bale in only his second feature film and filling some very big shoes (pardon the joke) as the English boy Jim, separated from his parents during the evacuation of Shanghai in 1941 and stuck in internment camps till the end of the War.
It's a coming of age story, with Jim transforming from a spoiled, smart-ass rich kid into a streetwise survivor. Bale nabbed a National Board of Review Citation for Outstanding Juvenile Performance, and his career took flight onward and upward from there on.
Young Christan Bale looks exactly like old Christian Bale and it's freaking me out.
A delightful example of the wonders Spielberg can work with sentiment, Empire of the Sun is a film structured through a populist heroism and deep heart. A very young Christian Bale gives a wonderful performance, conjuring surprising amounts of power through great physicality and depth of emotion, along with a pretty good singing voice. But Spielberg deftly blends a crowd-pleasing tale with something with serious intent, uniquely creating a film that can please the masses no matter the person. The film can be picked apart for it's questionable morality and racial politics, but I don't think Empire of the Sun warrants that criticism. This is a mostly kid friendly film that has a real message, the various controversies Spielberg traverses…
When he sings the lullaby to the Zero pilots, the idea that our heroes are surrogate parents becomes crystal clear.
as i turned it off i thought, "well that was stupid"
then i proceeded to toss and turn all night thinking about this movie and concluded that it was actually pretty good.
It feels overrated. It was hard for me to remember whether I had seen this before as it had probably been more than 20 years and I do not recall being overly impressed compared to other films of its ilk. It is beautiful in many ways, but always feels like it is holding back or overfocusing on details at the expense of the whole story. That said, it is a poignant view of war and its aftermath from the point of view of a child who grows up too fast.
Tied with Osment in AI as "Best Child Performance Ever". How do you teach a kid to have old eyes?
Fascinating use of light throughout. Engrossing subject matter.
Spectacular moving war epic from Spielberg, his first foray into the genre unless you count Indiana Jones of course. Jim Graham is a 12-year-old British national living with his parents in Shanghai at the end of 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invade separating Jim and his parents leaving the boy to fend for himself. His journey of survival in China during the war is a unique and intense coming of age story of strength, resourcefulness, and loss. Christian Bale even at a very young age showed the talents that would turn him into the tremendous actor he is today. Featuring a mature full range of emotions, from fear, anguish, and guilt to elation, cunningness, and determination. One of the most seriously overlooked films in the iconic director's long eclectic career.
Bale ruined this film for me twenty + years ago and he ruined it again a second time - having said that the only thing worth watching in this overlong film are the terrific production values & even if someone had strangled Bale early on it would have still dragged - it took ages for it to find a finish.
It's pretty unbelievable that Steven Spielberg thought it was a great idea to combine his two biggest interests-childish wonder and World War II-into one film. Considering the Frankenstein monster of sorts that this is for Spielberg's sensibilities, it does work better than I would've expected and feels like a necessary step for the next historical films he would go on to make.
I still haven't seen Schindler's List, but I can still tell that Empire of the Sun is his first draft of that type of film. I wonder if my reaction to Empire of the Sun would've changed had I seen it in 1987, instead of seeing it for the first time almost thirty years later. There's so much…
At the outset, this Steven Spielberg epic is so big and majestic you want to laugh in pleasure, and it stays that way for about 45 minutes- Spielberg takes over Shanghai, and makes it his city. But then, first in brief patches and then in longer ones, his directing goes terribly wrong. The story, taken from J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, is set at the outbreak of the Second World War, and it's about Jim (Christian Bale), an 11-year-old British schoolboy, who is separated from his parents when the Japanese Army invades the city, on December 8, 1941, and how he changes in order to survive three years of starving in a prison camp. It isn't told straightforwardly, though. Spielberg throws…
Every time I watch this film I turn into a sobbing mess. Why do so many things that Christian Bale is in make me cry?
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!