Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

           Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
               Genre: Drama
               Japan, World War II, Camp, Seppuku, captivity, David Bowie, Java
  A Japanese POW camp in Java is the scenario for this famous British-Japanese film from 1982 by Nagisa Oshima, the title of the traditional Christmas greeting in fan circles for almost a proverbial-sounding names and indispensable component has expanded. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence plays in a rough military man’s world before the noble light of pride and honor, and these pathetic as vague concepts in the light of different cultural contexts are considered. In the intense relationships of the distinctive main characters – most worthy of extravagant musician and artist David Bowie (Jack Celliers), the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Captain Yonoi), the Scottish actor and author Tom Conti (John Lawrence), and the original Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano ( Gengo Hara) embodies – is the tension of this story based on the memories of the British-South African journalists Laurens van Post, who spent four years during World War II in Japanese captivity. In the remote jungles of Java leads the Samurai and Captain Yonoi in 1942 with a stern hand a prisoner of war camp in which the activities of the British Colonel John Lawrence, the role of mediator between the prisoners and the Japanese military. Between Lawrence and Sergeant Gengo Hara is even something of an enemy appropriate circumstances, fighting men friendship, and also Captain Yonoi obviously appreciates the gentle assistance of the educated British. As with the coming New Zealand Major Jack Cellliers, the Lawrence knows about the past, an untamed and proud spirit comes into the camp, the already heated emotions start mightily to cook, because Captain Yonoi feels reluctantly, but dressed as violent by the willful man that the order of camp life with his cool charm belonging to totter brings … At the International Film Festival of Cannes in the race for the Palme d’Or in 1983 premiered Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, among other prizes won a BAFTA Award for Best Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, who shines here with love as Captain Yonoi. In fact, these catchy, cheerful and melancholy sounds of the composer (The Last Emperor / The Last Emperor, The Handmaid’s Tale, Tony Takitani, Silk / Silk) an atmosphere quite magical-cynical aspect is that film, the mood of tragic drama and warm humor is shaped. Although the drama with brutal as strange appearing phrases are not always able to produce the consistency of internal and external sensitivities of the protagonists, it is the gripping, emotionally charged scenes and images of magical power to impress, the Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is a strangely touching drama. let Above all, David Bowie’s enigmatic character is able to produce terrific when he reaches the starving soldiers flowers as food, frozen kisses then collapsing Captain Yonoi or up to the head in the sand eingebuddelt the metaphor of frozen immobility. If at the end of Takeshi Kitano as Sergeant Hara, who is responsible for the war as Captain Yonoi himself before the court must, is his brilliant “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” intones, in that smile of death row the cheerful melancholy affection of incorruptible, which has about cultural and social barriers also stock. When the Captain himself kasteiende Yonoi the dying Major Celliers steals a lock of hair, revealed the unfulfilled longing of the Samurai for human closeness and love with a beautiful force. This is great cinema of passion that touches. (Mary Anderson)
  Title: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Original Title: Military men worlds Country of production: , Japan, United Kingdom Year of Production: 1982 length 118 (Min.) Published at: format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 2.0, German , English EAN: 4006680033945 Extras: Making Of: “The Oshima Gang”, Interview with producer Jeremy Thomas, Photo Gallery, Trailer

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