Empire of the Sun
Spielberg's Role: Director, Producer
US Release Date: 1987
"I learned a
new word today. Atom bomb."
Said to a flop, by box office
standards, The Empire of the Sun, was an amazing
drama which was extremely under-rated.. A
wonderful film of the life of a young British boy
in China during World War II, is an excellent
preview of what is to come in Schindler's List.
The movie starts with
Jim (Christian Bale), a young boy, who becomes
separated from his parents. He ends up in a
concentration camp near a Japanese occupied air
base in China. The movie shows the how the war
effects the development of the child. The movie
is based on the autobiographical novel by J. G.
Ballard. The standard 2 hour format was not long
enough for such a story and much of the character
development was edited out.
Christian Bale played
Jim Graham, the main character very well.
Spielberg was said to have picked the movie's
theme (the Welsh nursery rhyme ,``Suo Gan'' )
because Graham was born Welsh.
"I saw it! I saw it! It
was like a white light in the sky. Like God
taking a photograph." -Jim-