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Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun (1987)

Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

Plot Keywords: based on novel or book, stadium, prisoner of war, shanghai, china, bravery, peasant, coming of age, chinese, japanese army, japanese soldier, japanese surrender, salt mine, internment camp, child protagonist, children in wartime, japanese occupation of china, suzhou, china

DirectorSteven Spielberg
WritersTom Stoppard, Menno Meyjes, J.G. Ballard
Production CompaniesAmblin Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures
Production CountriesChina, Japan, United Kingdom, United States of America
Spoken LanguagesEnglish, 日本語, 普通话

Alternate Titles

L'Empire Du Soleil
Das Reich der Sonne
Solens rike