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Empire of the Sun Movie

Movie Review for Empire of the Sun


A young boy survives China’s pre-war era in this 80s movie. Separated from his parents, a young boy must find comfort in others.

Empire of the Sun DVD


James Graham (played by Christian Bale) tries to survive in Japan during the World War in Empire of the Sun.

When James Graham gets separated from his real parents, he is later recaptured and sent to a concentration camp where he’ll have to further survive food shortages and sickness in the movie Empire of the Sun.


Jim 'Jamie' Graham - Christian Bale
Basie - John Malkovich
Mrs. Victor - Miranda Richardson
Dr. Rawlins - Nigel Havers
Frank Demarest - Joe Pantoliano
Maxton - Leslie Phillips
Sgt. Nagata - Masato Ibu
Mary Graham, Jim's mother - Emily Richard
John Graham, Jim's father - Rupert Frazer
Mr. Victor - Peter Gale
Kamikaze Boy Pilot - Takatoro Kataoka
Dainty - Ben Stiller
Tiptree - David Neidorf
Cohen - Ralph Seymour
Mr. Lockwood - Robert Stephens


Empire of the Sun was nominated for six Oscar Awards.

Empire of the Sun is a movie based on the book of the same name by JG Ballard.

Academy Awards:

John Williams won for Best Original Score for Empire of the Sun.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Empire of the Sun was released to theatres on 12/09/1987 by Warner Bros., and grossed $22,238,696 at the box office in the US.

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