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Empire of the Sun Music Video (John Williams)

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Uploaded on Mar 1, 2008

'Empire of the Sun' (1987) is a film directed by Steven Spielberg starring a young Christian Bale, John Malkovich and Miranda Richardson. The screenplay by Tom Stoppard is an adaptation of James Graham Ballard's book of the same name. His own youth inspired Ballard to write about an English boy called Jamie Graham (Bale) who lives in Shanghai. Jamie dreams of becoming a pilot and is a collector of model planes. In 1941 the Japanese invade and he is separated from his parents when they tried to escape. He's on his own until he meets Basie (Malkovich) who reluctantly looks after him. After a while they get caught by the Japanese and are send to Soochow Creek, an internment camp. Here Jamie struggles to stay friends with Basie and shows a remarkable knack for survival. The airfield next to the camp immediately catches his interest and Jamie develops great respect for the Japanese kamikaze pilots.

This is a very touching film which has been overshadowed by Spielberg's other World War II films: 'Schindler's List' and 'Saving Private Ryan'. But it is possibly one of the best films he ever directed. Christian Bale's performance is stunning and a hallmark in his career. John Williams is beautiful and captures Jamie's feelings really well. So please enjoy this video.

'Empire of the Sun' and its soundtrack are property of Warner Bros. Studios.

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