Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Director: Nagisa Oshima Cast: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Overview

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence was the first English-language project of Japanese director Nagisa Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses). In tune with his previous filmic essays on racism and brutality, Merry Christmas concentrates on a war of wills between rebellious POW David Bowie and camp commandant Ryuichi Sakomoto. Assuming that his other prisoners' unwillingness to protest their cruel treatment is a sign of weakness, Sakomoto is most impressed by Bowie's enigmatic defiance. While Bowie and Sakomoto seem to be operating on a high spiritual and intellectual plane, bilingual prisoner Tom Conti (the "Mr. Lawrence" of the title) engages in a more standard adversarial relationship with sadistic sergeant Takeshi Kitano.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
UPC: 0715515062015
Original Release: 1983
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:03:00
Sales rank: 14,452

Special Features

The Oshima Gang, a 1983 Making-0f 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, whose Autobiographical novel was the basis for the film; Original Theatrical Trailer; New and Improved English subtitle translation; Plus: a Booklet featuring an essay by film writer Chuck Stephens and reprinted Interviews with Director Nagisa Oshima and Actor Takeshi Kitano

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Bowie Celliers
Tom Conti Col. John Lawrence
Ryuichi Sakamoto Yonoi
Jack Thompson Hicksley
Johnny Okura Kanemoto
Alistair Browning DeJong
James Malcolm Celliers' brother
Yuya Uchida Commandant
Ryunosuke Kaneda Col Fujimara
Taketoshi Naito Lt. lwata
Tamio Ishikura Actor
Richard Adams Actor
Chris Broun Jack (boy),Cellier - younger
Christopher Brown Celliers at Age 12
Rob Jayne Actor
Richard Mills Actor
Hideo Murota Actor
Rokko Toura Actor
Takeshi Kitano Sgt. Gengo Hara

Technical Credits
Nagisa Oshima Director,Screenwriter
Terry Glinwood Executive Producer
Masato Hara Executive Producer
Joyce Herlihy Associate Producer
Paul Mayersberg Screenwriter
Toichiro Narushima Cinematographer
Geoffrey Nethercott Executive Producer
Eiko Oshima Executive Producer
Tomoyo Oshima Editor
Ryuichi Sakamoto Score Composer
Andrew Sanders Art Director,Production Designer
Jeremy Thomas Producer
Shigemasa Toda Production Designer

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