This fine young actor, who appears in virtually every frame of the film and ages convincingly from about 9 to 13 during the course of the story, is eminently able to handle an ambitious and demanding role.
Once ''Empire of the Sun,'' which opens today at the National and other theaters, follows Jim to the prison camp where he spends the duration of the war, it becomes slightly less focused. The pattern of events that occur within the camp is at times difficult to follow, in part because the emphasis is divided equally among so many different characters and episodes. When Mr. Spielberg - again, working almost without dialogue -outlines Jim's growing friendship with a Japanese boy from the airfield that adjoins the prison camp, or demonstrates Jim's profound respect for the Japanese pilots he sees there, the film takes on the larger-than-life emotional immediacy it seems designed for.
But other episodes are less sharply defined. When Jim, who has proudly won his right to live in the American barracks, returns to the British camp in which he formerly lived, it takes a moment to remember why he's back - not because the motive is unclear, but because his departure from the one place and return to the other are separated by intervening scenes.
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Please enter the OTP sent. Upcoming SlideShare. Like this presentation? Why not share! Embed Size px. Teaser Trailer. Hope Jamal. Basie offers to help Jim find his parents, but Jim—infuriated over his friend's death—chooses to stay behind. Jim is eventually found by American soldiers and placed in an orphanage, where he is reunited with his mother and father.
Author J. Ballard makes a cameo appearance as a house party guest. Warner Bros. Lean explained, "I worked on it for about a year and in the end I gave it up because I thought it was too similar to a diary.
It was well-written and interesting, but I gave it to Steve. Ballard 's novel I secretly wanted to direct myself. As a child, his favorite film was Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai , which similarly takes place in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
Spielberg's fascination with World War II and the aircraft of that era was stimulated by his father's stories of his experience as a radio operator on North American B Mitchell bombers in the China-Burma Theater.
Ballard felt Bale had a physical resemblance to himself at the same age. More than 4, child actors auditioned. The filmmakers searched across Asia in an attempt to find locations that resembled Shanghai. It was the first American film shot in Shanghai since the s.
Members of the People's Liberation Army played Japanese soldiers. Spielberg attempted to portray the era accurately, using period vehicles and aircraft. A number of large scale remote control flying models were also used, including an foot wingspan B , but Spielberg felt the results were disappointing, so he extended the film contract with the full-size examples and pilots on set in Trebujena, Spain. Ballard makes a cameo appearance at the costume party scene.
Spielberg had wanted to film in Super Panavision 70 but did not want to work with the old camera equipment that was only available at the time. Norman Reynolds was hired as the production designer while Vic Armstrong served as the stunt coordinator.
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