MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE

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“The story, based on a novel by Laurens Van Der Post, is set in a Japanese P.O.W. camp on Java in 1942. All cruelty and bitter misery of camp life is there. But there is also a curious bond created throughout the film between the Japanese and their Western prisoners” - (From Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence publicity pack)

“Set in a torture and hara-kiri-ridden World War II P.O.W camp, this international co- production explores the free floating, samurai-stern sexual attraction between Japanese jailers and their British captives” - (J. Hoberman, “Rockers”, The Village Voice, September 6, 1983)

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Year 1983

Reference number F5193

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production JAPAN, UNITED KINGDOM, NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 2:02:00

Production company Cineventure Productions, Recorded Picture Company

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Credits Celliers: David Bowie
Lawrence: Tom Conti
Yonoi: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Hara: Takeshi
Hicksley: Jack Thompson
Kanemoto: Johnny Okura
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Producer: Jeremy Thomas
Executive Producer: Masato Hara
Executive Producer: Geoffrey Nethercott
Executive Producer: Terry Glinwood
Screenplay: Nagisa Oshima
Screenplay: Paul Mayersberg
Based on the book “The Seed and the Sower”: Laurens Van Der Post
Director of Photography: Toichiro Narushima
Camera: Hiroaki Narushima
Editor: Tomoyo Oshima