Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

An upper-class English boy (Christian Bale) becomes a Japanese prisoner in World War II Shanghai.

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Empire of the Sun


Adventure152 Mins1987PG

Jamie Graham (Christian Bale), a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie (John Malkovich), who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.


  • Bleak
  • Inspiring
  • Emotional