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Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence - Preview

Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

Preview by Jack Foley

IN 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi (Ryûichi Sakamoto), who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory.

In Yonoi’s view, the allied prisoners are all cowards after choosing to surrender in the war instead of committing suicide.

When one of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence (Tom Conti), tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, he is considered a traitor.

Written by Nagisa Ôshima and based on The Seed and The Sower, by Laurens Van Der Post Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence receives its UK Blu-Ray Premiere on October 24, 2011.

Blu-Ray Extras include The Oshima Gang, a making of featurette, an interview with Jeremy Thomas, an interview Ryûichi Sakamoto and the theatrical trailer.

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Certificate: 15
Running time: 179mins