Empire of the Sun (1987)

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Empire of the Sun
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TitleEmpire of the Sun
Year1987
CountryUSA
GenreWar (Movies)
Run Time2h 32 min
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Amid Japan’s invasion of China during World War II, Jamie Graham, a British upper middle class schoolboy, enjoys a privileged life in the Shanghai International Settlement. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan begins occupying the settlement. As the Graham family evacuate the city, Jamie is separated from his parents in the ensuing chaos. Jamie makes his way back to their house, assuming they will return. A sign posted outside states that the house is now the property of the Japanese government, though no soldiers are present. The rooms have been vandalized and most of the food eaten. He sees the family’s Chinese housekeeper looting furniture with an accomplice and questions her. She walks slowly toward him and slaps him in the face, presumably because of his spoilt and domineering behavior towards his household servants. After a length of time alone and having eaten the little remaining food, Jamie ventures back into the city.

Hungry, Jamie tries surrendering to Japanese soldiers who ignore him. After being chased by a street urchin, he is taken in by two American expatriates and hustlers, Basie and Frank. Unable to sell Jamie for money, Basie and Frank intend to abandon him in the streets, but Jamie offers to lead them to his neighborhood to loot the empty houses there. Jamie is surprised to see lights on in his family home lit and thinks his parents have returned, only to discover the property is now occupied by Japanese troops. The trio are taken prisoner, transported to the Lunghua Civilian Assembly Centre in Shanghai for processing, and ultimately sent to an internment camp in Suzhou.

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Amid Japan’s invasion of China during World War II, Jamie Graham, a British upper middle class schoolboy, enjoys a privileged life in the Shanghai International Settlement. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan begins occupying the settlement. As the Graham family evacuate the city, Jamie is separated from his parents in the ensuing chaos. Jamie makes his way back to their house, assuming they will return. A sign posted outside states that the house is now the property of the Japanese government, though no soldiers are present. The rooms have been vandalized and most of the food eaten. He sees the family’s Chinese housekeeper looting furniture with an accomplice and questions her. She walks slowly toward him and slaps him in the face, presumably because of his spoilt and domineering behavior towards his household servants. After a length of time alone and having eaten the little remaining food, Jamie ventures back into the city.

Hungry, Jamie tries surrendering to Japanese soldiers who ignore him. After being chased by a street urchin, he is taken in by two American expatriates and hustlers, Basie and Frank. Unable to sell Jamie for money, Basie and Frank intend to abandon him in the streets, but Jamie offers to lead them to his neighborhood to loot the empty houses there. Jamie is surprised to see lights on in his family home lit and thinks his parents have returned, only to discover the property is now occupied by Japanese troops. The trio are taken prisoner, transported to the Lunghua Civilian Assembly Centre in Shanghai for processing, and ultimately sent to an internment camp in Suzhou.

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