Wednesday, 2 January
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE 1983 (Senjō no Merī Kurisumasu, 戦場のメリークリスマス) Directed by Nagisa Oshima 120 minutes In English with English subtitles
Here is a post-Christmas film which will take a bit of the saccharine aftertaste and pull you deep into an existence where loyalty, betrayal, eroticism, pain, life and death are all intertwined. Starring David Bowie (in one of his most riveting performances) and Japanese actor-director Takeshi 'beat' Kitano (in the role which would lead to his international breakthrough), this movie focuses on cultural differences between the west and orient. The setting is Java in 1942 where there is a Japanese prison camp for British officers. A strange sympathy and respect develops between both prisoners and captors, but at the same time there is also the realization that these two worlds will never comprehend one other.
The movie is based on the book The Seed And The Sower by South African writer Laurens Van der Post, and is beautifully crafted by director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses). Besides Bowie and Kitano, it stars Tom Conti and Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed the legendary soundtrack for the film - the theme song, co-written with David Sylvian, remains one of the best in the world). This is not a war film, but a rich examination of the complexities of human relationships.
This will be a high-definition screening.
Date & Time:
- 3-5 €