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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Author: Jeremy ThomasNagisa ŌshimaPaul MayersbergDavid BowieTom ContiAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2010.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 535.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : WidescreenView all editions and formats
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In a Japanese prison camp on Java in 1942, two British officers, John Lawrence and Jack Celliers, encounter camp commander Yonoi and his sergeant Hara. Things had been going pretty well, until charismatic, rebellious Celliers arrived. Yonoi is a devotee of the samurai ideal; neither he nor Hara can understand the stoic way in which the British prisoners accept their situation of defeat. Lawrence speaks Japanese, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Motion pictures, Japanese
Feature films
War films
Biographical films
Historical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Fiction films
Foreign films
Motion pictures
Japanese language films
Film adaptations
Drama
Named Person: Laurens Van der Post
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Thomas; Nagisa Ōshima; Paul Mayersberg; David Bowie; Tom Conti; Ryūichi Sakamoto; Bīto Takeshi.; Jack Thompson; Mickey Lemle; Laurens Van der Post; Lemle Pictures, Inc.; South African Broadcasting Corporation.; National Film Trustee Company.; Antares-Nova N.V.; Recorded Picture Company.; Ōshima Nagisa Purodakushon.; BS Asahi (Firm); Broadbank Investments Limited.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 1604653159 9781604653151
OCLC Number: 662735441
Language Note: In English and Japanese with optional subtitles in English.
Notes: Based on the novel "The seed and the sower" by Sir Laurens Van der Post.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1983.
Credits: Director of photography, Toichiro Narushima ; production designer, Jusho Toda ; music, Ryuichi Sakamoto ; editor, Tomoyo Oshima ; interpreter, Didi Dickson.
Cast: David Bowie (Celliers), Tom Conti (Lawrence), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Yonoi), Takeshi [Kitano] (Hara), Jack Thompson (Hicksley).
Description: 2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.) inserted in container.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital surround 2.0 stereo; widescreen presentation, preserving the 1.78:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for 16:9 televisions.
Contents: Disc one. The film Opening sequence --
Disgraceful incident --
"A bloody farce" --
Firing squad --
New prisoner --
"We want to win" --
"Do you feel uneasy?" --
"We're all wrong" --
Flowers and food --
Escape --
"We must punish someone" --
"Something's changed" --
"Ride right through the day" --
Father Christmas --
"Go back!" --
"Things will be different now" --
1946 --
Closing credits --
Color bars (1982) (123 min.); Trailer (3 min.). Disc two. The supplements: Featurettes The Oshima gang: the making of 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' / Mr. Lawrence Productions (2005) (30 min.) --
Paul Mayersberg: On the screenplay (2010) (28 min.) --
Conti, Sakamoto, and Thomas: On location (2010) (40 min.) --
Ryuichi Sakamoto: On the music (2010) (18 min.) --
Hasten slowly: The journey of Sir Laurens van der Post / Lemle Pictures presents ; a film by Mickey Lemle ; produced and directed by Mickey Lemle ; produced by Lemle Pictures, Inc. in association with South African Broadcasting Co. (1996) (55 min.); Booklet contains the essays "Lawrence of Shinjuki" by Chuck Stephens, "Oshima: Sex, militarism, and empire" an interview of Nagisa Oshima by Tadao Sato, and "Ten questions for Kitano on Oshima" translated from the Japanese by Fumiko Takagi.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 535.
Other Titles: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Motion picture)
Responsibility: a Jeremy Thomas production ; a Nagisa Oshima film ; screenplay by Nagisa Oshima with Paul Mayersberg ; producer, Jeremy Thomas ; directed by Nagisa Oshima ; National Film Trustee Company ; made in association with Antares-Nova N.V., Recorded Picture Company, Oshima Productions, Asahi National Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and Broadbank Investments Limited.

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In a Japanese prison camp on Java in 1942, two British officers, John Lawrence and Jack Celliers, encounter camp commander Yonoi and his sergeant Hara. Things had been going pretty well, until charismatic, rebellious Celliers arrived. Yonoi is a devotee of the samurai ideal; neither he nor Hara can understand the stoic way in which the British prisoners accept their situation of defeat. Lawrence speaks Japanese, and ceaselessly tries to mediate between the prisoners and their overseers, translating both the words and the values of the two races. Celliers' attitude, however, is more comprehensible to Yonoi. He and Celliers arrive at a sort of détente, based on an admiration for the other, but this eventually turns into a contest of wills as the camp's carefully nurtured equilibrium is destroyed.

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