Ratedfor adult situations, language, and violence.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Studio: Amblin Entertainment
Synopsis: Based on J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun stars Christian Bale as a spoiled young British boy, living with his wealthy family in pre-World War II Shanghai. During the Japanese invasion, Bale is separated from his parents. With the help of soldier-of-fortune John Malkovich, Bale learns to survive without a retinue of servants at his beck and call. By the time Malkovich and Bale are tossed into a Japanese prison camp, the boy has picked up enough street-smarts and developed enough intestinal fortitude to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure. The story ends during the 1945 liberation: on the verge of manhood, the 13-year-old Bale will never again be the pampered, privileged brat whom we met in the early scenes.
- Christian BaleJim 'Jamie' Graham
- John MalkovichBasie
- Miranda RichardsonMrs. Victor
- Nigel HaversDr. Rawlins
- Joe PantolianoFrank Demarest
- Leslie PhillipsMaxton
- Masatô IbuSgt. Nagata
- Emily RichardMary Graham, Jim's mother
- Rupert FrazerJohn Graham, Jim's father
- Peter GaleMr. Victor
- Christian Bale30 Pictures