Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion Collection) (Widescreen)

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion Collection) (Widescreen)
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In this captivating, exhilaratingly skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses, Empire of Passion), David Bowie (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat) 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, who becomes obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti (The Duellists; Reuben, Reuben) is British lieutenant colonel Mr. Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between his captors and fellow prisoners. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano (Sonatine, Fireworks) 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.

Disc One: Original Theatrical Trailer, , Disc Two: The Oshima Gang, a 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 about Author Laurens Van Der Post, Who autobiographical Novel Was the Basis For the Film, Plus: A Booklet Featuring an Essay By Film Writer Chuck Stephens and Reprinted Interviews With Director Nagisa Oshima and Actor Takeshi Kitano.

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Starring: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Jack Thompson
Studio Name: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
DVD Release Date: 09/28/2010
Rating: R
Format: DVD
Screen Format: Widescreen
Run Time (in minutes): 123 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Dolby Digital Stereo
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.16
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.44
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