Empire of the Sun

TitleEmpire of the Sun
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsSpielberg, Steven
Running Time153 minutes
Date Released12/1987
DistributorWarner Bros.
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageeng, japanese, mandarin

Director Steven Spielberg explores the loss of childhood innocence in this semi-autobiographical tale set during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. Jamie's privileged life in the Shanghai International Settlement comes to an end when the Japanese invade. Separated from his parents, Jamie comes of age in an internment camp where he befriends a variety of people affected by the war.


John Malkovich

Miranda Richardson

Nigel Havers

Christian Bale

Joe Pantoliano

Rupert Frazer

Emily Richard

Masatō Ibu

Guts Ishimatsu


Produced by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Written by Tom Stoppard

Cinematography by Allen Daviau

Edited by Michael Kahn

Music by John Williams


Drama, War

Alternate Title太陽帝國
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Based on J.G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name

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