Empire of the Sun | Full Movie
Empire of the Sun
- 2h 32m
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Internationally renowned director Steven Spielberg captures the powerful story of a sheltered young boy separated from his parents and forced to endure the ravages of war. Based on the autobiographical best seller by J.G. Ballard, this epic drama chronicles Ballard's remarkable struggle to survive a childhood filled with betrayal, death, and disappointment trapped in Shanghai during the World War II Japanese occupation.
© 1987 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: One of Steven Spielberg's most ambitious efforts of the 1980s, Empire of the Sun remains an underrated gem in the director's distinguished filmography.
Los Angeles Times
The film's grave problem is a lack of central heating: We don't have a single character to warm up...
June 25, 2017
This is derivative melodrama with Spielberg hedging his bets by ripping off his previous adventure...
June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Beautiful but grim WWII saga through a boy's eyes.
What Parents Need to Know
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.
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- Genre:Action, Adventure, Drama
- Release Date:December 9, 1987
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD