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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Runtime
2hrs 3mins
Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima
Featuring
David Bowie,
Ryuichi Sakamoto,
Tom Conti,
Takeshi Kitano
Film Language
In English & Japanese with English subtitles

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Wed 4/24
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In this captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. 

Rock 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 lieutenant colonel 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, and one of Oshima’s greatest successes. The Criterion Collection

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