Empire of the Sun
Steven Spielberg directs a young Christian Bale in a stunning feature-film debut as Jim, a British expatriate who's separated from his parents when the Japanese army invades Shanghai at the outset of World War II. Eventually interned in a civilian prison camp, Jim hooks up with several American prisoners (led by John Malkovich) and becomes the camp mascot. Elsewhere, war tidings grow ominous for the Japanese.
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- Steven Spielberg
- 1988 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- 1988 Academy Award®
- Best Art Direction nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
- Best Film Editing nominee
- Best Cinematography nominee
- Best Sound nominee
- Best Costume Design nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese Simplified, Thai, KoreanClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette.
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Castilian): Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; behind-the-scenes featurette.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this war movie is grim, emotional, and violent. Expect scenes of bombing, shooting, clubbing, looting, stealing, dead bodies, and starving prisoners of war reduced to eating insects. But the film also contains some uplifting messages about helping others and the triumph of humanity over suffering. Some WWII-era racial insults.
- Sexual Content
- A married couple passionately kiss each other in bed while adolescent Jim curiously watches.
- Lots of war violence: bombing, shooting, and clubbing. People killing people. Civilians flee tanks and bombs, and starving survivors fight for food.
- Dated derogatory names are used such as "jap," "chink" and "ol' boy."
- Social Behavior
- The movie attempts to convey the idea that humanity can rise above desperate conditions, that selflessness is its own reward, and that wealth and privilege can blind people to others' suffering.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Many characters smoke tobacco in an accurate reflection of the era. Some adults drink casually.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it