Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
(DVD)

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Format
DVD
Edition
Widescreen edition.
Physical Desc
2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Language
English
ISBN
9781604653151
UPC
715515061919

Notes

General Note
Based on the novel "The seed and the sower" by Sir Laurens Van der Post.
General Note
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1983.
Creation/Production Credits
Director of photography, Toichiro Narushima ; production designer, Jusho Toda ; music, Ryuichi Sakamoto ; editor, Tomoyo Oshima ; interpreter, Didi Dickson.
Participants/Performers
David Bowie (Celliers), Tom Conti (Lawrence), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Yonoi), Takeshi [Kitano] (Hara), Jack Thompson (Hicksley).
Description
In a Japanese prison camp on Java in 1942, two British officers, John Lawrence and Jack Celliers, encounter camp commander Yonoi and his sergeant Hara. Things had been going pretty well, until charismatic, rebellious Celliers arrived. Yonoi is a devotee of the samurai ideal; neither he nor Hara can understand the stoic way in which the British prisoners accept their situation of defeat. Lawrence speaks Japanese, and ceaselessly tries to mediate between the prisoners and their overseers, translating both the words and the values of the two races. Celliers' attitude, however, is more comprehensible to Yonoi. He and Celliers arrive at a sort of détente, based on an admiration for the other, but this eventually turns into a contest of wills as the camp's carefully nurtured equilibrium is destroyed.
System Details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital surround 2.0 stereo; widescreen presentation, preserving the 1.78:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for 16:9 televisions.
Language
In English and Japanese with optional subtitles in English.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Thomas, J., Ōshima, N., Mayersberg, P., Jones, D., Conti, T., Sakamoto, R., Bīto Takeshi., Thompson, J., Lemle, M., & Van der Post, L. (2010). Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Widescreen edition. [Irvington, N.Y.]: Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Jeremy, Thomas et al.. 2010. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. [Irvington, N.Y.]: Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Jeremy, Thomas et al., Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. [Irvington, N.Y.]: Criterion Collection, 2010.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Thomas, Jeremy,, et al. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Widescreen edition. [Irvington, N.Y.]: Criterion Collection, 2010. DVD.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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