Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

(1987)

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, with a young Christian Bale playing our spoiled young British hero, living with his rich family in pre-World War II Shanghai. When Japan invades, the boy is separated from his parents and his world is shattered. 

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  • It is up to young English thesp Bale to engage the viewer's interest, which he does superbly. Full Review

  • Spielberg includes a strand of populist heroism, yet even this fails to dent the awful message. And the budget makes itself seen, as does Bale's superlative Jim. Full Review