Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence: The Criterion Collection

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence: The Criterion Collection

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence: The Criterion Collection

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 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.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 24 2010
  • Production Year 1983
  • Empire SKU 1539274
  • UPC Code 715515061919
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Original Theatrical Trailer
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, Whose 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


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
    Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.78:1 Color

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