Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
David Bowie co-stars in this drama about the experience of a POW in Japan.
UK-Japan-New Zealand 1983
Dir Nagisa Ôshima
With David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Based on Sir Laurens van der Post’s experiences as a POW in WWII Japan, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence depicts a battle of wills between an imprisoned officer and his Japanese counterpart who pushes him to a point of no return. Of particular note are the arresting performances of Bowie and Sakamoto – who not only played the role of the conflicted Captain Yonoi but also composed a beautiful and moving score for the picture.