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Empire of the Sun
To survive in a world at war, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.
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.
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 fantastic film that reminds me of how good Spielberg used to be, but weirdly enough this being a film often left out of conversations about the director. He put out some real classics back in the day, and Empire of the Sun is no different. It seems to not receive its deserved recognition, just look how low it is on Spielberg's most popular films on this site. It's only one above Duel!
Empire of the Sun doesn't feel its running time at all, and constantly keeps you engaged. The marvel of Spielberg is his ability to make the audience feel wonder, no matter the age. And to do that in a grotty internment camp too is a pretty damn…
With Empire of the Sun, Steven Spielberg is simply preparing for Schindler’s List, a film that is a superb period piece with fantastic emotional value. With Empire of the Sun, Spielberg creates one of the most tedious films I’ve ever seen.
Young Christian Bale portrays a spoiled British kid who is separated from his parents and experiences a life outside of his comfort. To put it simply, Bale is terrible in his film debut providing no depth, no charisma nor any versatility whatsoever for his age. There have been far superior performances in Spielberg films from younger actors than Bale: Drew Barrymore as Gertie from E.T and Cary Guffey as Barry in Close Encounters of a Third Kind. Both exceptional…
This isn't how I remembered Batman's origin story
Buena producción y un tema bastante interesante, pero jamás me conecté del todo con la película.
La música de John Williams cumplió con lo necesario y le dio el toque nostálgico, pero la verdad no la recuerdo mucho, creo que simplemente no tuvo nada que la hiciera destacar.
Lo que más me gustó fue ver a Christian Bale tan joven, y lo mismo con Malkovich. Empire of the Sun tiene sus momentos, pero lo cierto es que me esperaba algo mayor de la mano de Spielberg.
Igualmente sigue siendo del grupo de películas que siempre dejaré mientras las pasen en TV.
Steven Spielberg is making yet another film about a little boy coming of age in the wake of an invasion, so this will surely be as uplifting as "E.T.", I'm sure. It is funny how Spielberg went from showing a little boy fly by the moon to a little boy who dreams of flying by the sun, although this kid never gets off of the war-torn ground, where his lost parents won't be there to hold his hand through all of the death, misery and famine. Call me a pessimist, but I actually like this a lot better than "E.T.", which is good, because Spielberg was going to need to leave the gate running with WWII films if he was…
Just no. A failed attempt of sentimentalism, where only a young Bale saves the movie. Narratively, it's good, but there is no ability to come up with something real or touching as a whole. The performance from the japanese military in the camp is bad and the music is unmatching with the film. Not even the warm ending, typical of Spielberg and typically effective in other films, is emotive. My favorite line was "Do you want a Hershey's bar?
What an awesome and heart-felt movie.... I was in total awe once I got into it...
Being a fan of Spielberg's work, Empire of the Sun has been a movie that I've been wanting to sit down and watch for ages, but have never managed to. I heard good things about it, but I needed to see it in order to complete the Spielberg filmography.
The movie is brilliantly put together, with great scenic shots that early Spielberg films were synonymous for. The surprise of this whole movie, thoug, was the extremely young Christian Bale in the lead. I knew he was in this and pretty young, but I never expected the entire movie to basically be his story. And…
Some random thoughts about this film:
Given how episodic the film is, it's very fitting that it begins and ends with different containers, holding pieces of individual lives, bobbing in water, before being swept away. It's a beautiful bookend, and it speaks to the transient nature of a lot of the events in this one.
Revisiting the film, it's interesting how much of it is unlike any war film in the conventional sense. The second act/prison-camp sequence is probably the closest thing to conventional drama, and in that sense, the drama dial is turned down quite low.
I'd forgotten Ben Stiller was in this. Man, he's young looking.
I've read that Spielberg wasn't too big on Christian Bale, but revisiting…
Eine in üppiger Ausstattung und authentischer Kulisse stattfindende Romanverfilmung von Stephen Spielberg. In der Hauptrolle der sehr junge und brilliant spielende Christian Bale, den man – seinem jungen alter entsprechend – gleichermaßen Respekt für seine Leistung zollen muss und ihn allerdings auch bedauern muss, ob des Erfolges in Hollywood, welcher jungen Menschen viel abverlangt. Leider wissen wir heute besser, zu welchen Persönlichkeitsstörungen ihn der Erfolg geführt hat.
Der Film spielt in China, in der englischen Kronkolonie Hongkong, in welcher der Filmheld in den Wirren des Japanisch-Chinesischen Krieges verloren geht.
Auf der Höhe seiner Zeit, mitreißend, fantastisch ausgestattet und großartig gespielt. So wird Geschichte lebendig.
Christian Bale has been carrying movies since the age of 13.
Based on the book of the same name by J. G. Ballard, the book is a semi-autobiographical take on the author’s struggles to survive when the Japanese invade Shanghai during World War II.
Jim (Christian Bale) is a boy who is loving life in the city’s international settlement. However, his life is shattered when the Japanese invade and separate him from his family. He ends up in the Lunghua Civilian Assembly Center internment camp, shocked and fatigued.
The film’s music, art direction and cinematography are all first-rate and reminiscent of a David Lean picture.
More - and better - (including the script):
Un jovencísimo Batm... esteeee... Christian Bale se marca un papelón en un drama sobre los refugiados durante la 2ª Guerra Mundial.
La escena del arroz resume muy bien la película: Planos bien estructurados, situaciones muy simbólicas y un Spielberg que me sorprendió muy gratamente. La BSO es una cosa de locos. Escuchadla que merece mucho la pena.
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