Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun
  • PG
  • 2h 32m
  • 1987
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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.

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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.
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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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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:December 9, 1987
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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