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Criterion Collection: Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence [Blu-ray] [1983] [US Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image/Sphe
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UM8T3K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,123 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

An intellectual British colonel and a defiant major are prisoners of a Japanese captain on Java. Directed by Nagisa Oshima.

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Format: DVD
This emotionally powerful film has excellent performances from all the lead roles. I would give it five stars, if it weren't that the DVD transfer were so poor. The image has low contrast and the soundtrack has some noticable breaks and other noises. See this movie, but be warned about the "Second Sight" edition.
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This DVD/FILM is a must purchase for your dvd library. Wonderful Music Score which you never forget and a Prisoner of War story with a difference. There is no other film which can compare to this. The acting is first class from all with each nationality,including British,Australian and Japanese playing their individual part perfectly. I was astounded by this film and it hit straight into the very soul with each character as you would imagine , however, Bowie plays a completely different style of Officer to that which the Japanese Soldiers can understand - they are baffled and turn to Conti who plays his part brilliantly as the medical officer. The SENIOR Japanese Officer and sergeant in the camp are also special, this makes for an exciting and different slant to what one usually sees in this type of movie. The end is most dramatic and emotionally soul searching. it is a film you will never forget and never grow tired of watching = a MUST PURCHASE!!
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Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence is a film which covers many things, on many different levels- the simplest being that of a war film. However to dismiss it as such would be to do an injustice to this superb bit of film making.
The tangled tensions of this prisoner of war camp make for riveting viewing as two cultures clash between their views of honour. The sergeant (Takeshi Kitano) cannot reconcile his friendship with Lawrence (Tom Conte) with his view of Westerner's being weak and dishonourable. In one particulary memorable scene Kitano declares all Englishmen to be homosexual, and thus views his superior's deeper relationship with Bowie as suspect
The strange subliminal attraction between Celliers and Yonoi adds another depth to this already layered film, as Yonoi fights to understand what can give Cellier's such courage to face death without Yonoi's reassurance of Samurai ancestors.
Sakamoto gives a moving performance of a man displaced from time, longing for the simpler times of war and honour, caught in a limbo between his attraction to celliers and his need to do what was right.
The music was beautiful and the cinematography excellent. I highly recommend this film for anyone even if you are not interested in war films- I'm not myself
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
At last!, me and my partner have been looking for this film everywhere that is on DVD or Blu-ray format piror to The David Bowie Exhibition (Fab Exhibition!), we found it on an internet website that had it on VHS format and was going for an extremely high price so I was delighted to find out that it is on Blu-ray format as now we have a blu-ray player and the film has had a remastered and retouched up plus the extras on the blu-ray have been great to watch (Did I say that my partner is a big David Bowie fan?) anyway this is a must for all David Bowie fans and those who like the classics!
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Format: DVD
This film was kind of cult when it came out. Because of David Bowie of course, but also because of the side of the Second World War it showed. In this case, the Japanese refused to apply Geneva conventions and forced onto their prisoners the code of conduct of the Samourai. The result is of course a great level of suffering, total disregard of death and dying, treating a hara-kiri execution as an honor, an honorable spectacle that any soldier should consider as a privilege to be able to watch ... For these Japanese soldiers it is a sign of a total lack of courage to accept to be the prisoners of those who defeated you. The only honorable course of action should be dying, and killing themselves in the last run. When Jack Celliers is captured, tried and sentenced to come to this prisoners' camp, he is bound to explode the whole situation because the commander of the camp, Captain Yonoi, thinks he is different and might be of the Samourai vein. In fact Celliers is a typical British officer: never yields, never accepts the unlawful rule of the enemy, resists and disturbs as long as he is alive in their hands. Yonoi decides a two day fast for everyone, prisoners included, Celliers will provide the prisoners with flowers for food. He will thus lead Yonoi to absolute mental breakdown and the final straw that will break the camel's back will be the double brotherly kiss Celliers will give him in front of everyone when condemned to die or nearly. Celliers revealed thus Yonoi was attracted, fascinated, hence in love even if only as a soldier with Celliers. So Celliers will die buried neck deep in sand and Yonoi will come and get a lock of his hair before he is dead.Read more ›
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Format: VHS Tape
I'll keep it brief, sort of. It takes a lot to get me any way emotional over a film, but of all the countless numbers of films I've seen, the final scene of "Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence" is the ONLY time I've ever cried watching a movie! It's so emotional and moving that it has to be the most powerful scene I've ever witnessed. Overall, a superb film with Conti taking the honours for his outstanding performance as Mr.Lawrence. Awesome.
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