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This powerful prisoner-of-war drama features a stunning cast - including David Bowie in one of his greatest roles - and is the first English-language film by acclaimed Japanese director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses).
Set in Java at a Japanese POW camp in 1942 a war of wills - and unspoken erotic attraction - unfolds between a rebellious prisoner and camp commandant (Ryuichi Sakomoto) who is impressed by Bowie's defiance while bilingual prisoner Tom Conti (Mr. Lawrence) engages in a more adversarial relationship with sadistic sergeant Takeshi Kitano (Hana Bi) who finally offers Lawrence a sinister 'Christmas' present.
Fine performances by Conti Kitano (his first dramatic role) Sakamoto (also contributing the memorable score) and Bowie combined with stunning cinematography and brilliant direction by one of Japan's finest film-makers make this a memorable and compelling war drama.
Total Running Time : 123 Minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 DTS HD
Classification: M (Moderate themes and violence)
Language: English , Japanese
Number of Discs: 1
Region: B (Australia & New Zealand)
Released: 5th May 2011
Running Time: 118 mins