Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – David Bowie, Tom Conti – d: Nagisa Oshima

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) Direction: Nagisa Oshima Screenplay: Nagisa Oshima, Paul Mayersberg; from Laurens Van der Post's novel The Seed and the Sower Cast: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuishi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Jack Thompson, Johnny Okura David Bowie, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence He stands in the courtroom, fully inhabiting his allotted space behind the bar, clad in fatigues and a rakish scarf, radiating a self-possession that goes beyond mere military bearing. Ladies and gentlemen, playing the part of Maj. Jack Celliers, David Bowie! The year is 1942, and Celliers stands accused by a Japanese military tribunal of illegal conduct in his guerrilla fight against that country's sweep of the island of Java. He faces Captain Yonoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto, himself a Japanese rock star and composer of Merry Christmas's score). Stiff, arrogant and sporting exaggerated eye make-up – a detail that seems absurd at first viewing, but which supplementary documentaries insist is [...]
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