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The Resource Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, a Jeremy Thomas production ; a Nagisa Oshima film ; screenplay by Nagisa Oshima with Paul Mayersberg ; producer, Jeremy Thomas ; directed by Nagisa Oshima ; National Film Trustee Company ; made in association with Antares-Nova N.V., Recorded Picture Company, Oshima Productions, Asahi National Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and Broadbank Investments Limited, (videorecording)

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, a Jeremy Thomas production ; a Nagisa Oshima film ; screenplay by Nagisa Oshima with Paul Mayersberg ; producer, Jeremy Thomas ; directed by Nagisa Oshima ; National Film Trustee Company ; made in association with Antares-Nova N.V., Recorded Picture Company, Oshima Productions, Asahi National Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and Broadbank Investments Limited, (videorecording)

Label
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
Title
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
Statement of responsibility
a Jeremy Thomas production ; a Nagisa Oshima film ; screenplay by Nagisa Oshima with Paul Mayersberg ; producer, Jeremy Thomas ; directed by Nagisa Oshima ; National Film Trustee Company ; made in association with Antares-Nova N.V., Recorded Picture Company, Oshima Productions, Asahi National Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and Broadbank Investments Limited
Creator
Contributor
Actor
Screenwriter
Composer
Director
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • jpn
  • eng
  • jpn
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
In a Japanese prison camp on Java in 1942, two British officers, John Lawrence and Jack Celliers, encounter camp commander Yonoi and his sergeant Hara. Things had been going pretty well, until charismatic, rebellious Celliers arrived. Yonoi is a devotee of the samurai ideal; neither he nor Hara can understand the stoic way in which the British prisoners accept their situation of defeat. Lawrence speaks Japanese, and ceaselessly tries to mediate between the prisoners and their overseers, translating both the words and the values of the two races. Celliers' attitude, however, is more comprehensible to Yonoi. He and Celliers arrive at a sort of détente, based on an admiration for the other, but this eventually turns into a contest of wills as the camp's carefully nurtured equilibrium is destroyed
Member of
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Motion picture)
Credits note
Director of photography, Toichiro Narushima ; production designer, Jusho Toda ; music, Ryuichi Sakamoto ; editor, Tomoyo Oshima ; interpreter, Didi Dickson
Dewey number
791.43/72
Language note
In English and Japanese with optional subtitles in English
LC call number
PN1997
LC item number
.M47 2010
PerformerNote
David Bowie (Celliers), Tom Conti (Lawrence), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Yonoi), Takeshi [Kitano] (Hara), Jack Thompson (Hicksley)
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1932-2013
  • 1952-
  • 1940-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Thomas, Jeremy
  • Ōshima, Nagisa
  • Mayersberg, Paul
  • Bowie, David
  • Conti, Tom
  • Sakamoto, Ryūichi
  • Bīto Takeshi
  • Thompson, Jack
  • Lemle, Mickey
  • Van der Post, Laurens
  • Lemle Pictures, Inc
  • South African Broadcasting Corporation
  • National Film Trustee Company
  • Antares-Nova N.V
  • Recorded Picture Company
  • Ōshima Nagisa Purodakushon
  • BS Asahi (Firm)
  • Broadbank Investments Limited
  • Criterion Collection (Firm)
Runtime
123
Series statement
The Criterion collection
Series volume
535
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Van der Post, Laurens
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Prisoners of war
  • Soldiers
  • War
  • Prisoners of war
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Java (Indonesia)
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
Label
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, a Jeremy Thomas production ; a Nagisa Oshima film ; screenplay by Nagisa Oshima with Paul Mayersberg ; producer, Jeremy Thomas ; directed by Nagisa Oshima ; National Film Trustee Company ; made in association with Antares-Nova N.V., Recorded Picture Company, Oshima Productions, Asahi National Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and Broadbank Investments Limited, (videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the novel "The seed and the sower" by Sir Laurens Van der Post
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1983
Accompanying material
1 booklet (28 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm) inserted in container.
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Disc one. The film
  • Opening sequence -- Disgraceful incident -- "A bloody farce" -- Firing squad -- New prisoner -- "We want to win" -- "Do you feel uneasy?" -- "We're all wrong" -- Flowers and food -- Escape -- "We must punish someone" -- "Something's changed" -- "Ride right through the day" -- Father Christmas -- "Go back!" -- "Things will be different now" -- 1946 -- Closing credits -- Color bars
  • (1982) (123 min.); Trailer (3 min.)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: On the music
  • (2010) (18 min.)
  • Hasten slowly: The journey of Sir Laurens van der Post
  • Lemle Pictures presents ; a film by Mickey Lemle ; produced and directed by Mickey Lemle ; produced by Lemle Pictures, Inc. in association with South African Broadcasting Co.
  • (1996) (55 min.); Booklet contains the essays "Lawrence of Shinjuki" by Chuck Stephens, "Oshima: Sex, militarism, and empire" an interview of Nagisa Oshima by Tadao Sato, and "Ten questions for Kitano on Oshima" translated from the Japanese by Fumiko Takagi
  • Disc two. The supplements: Featurettes
  • The Oshima gang: the making of 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence'
  • Mr. Lawrence Productions
  • (2005) (30 min.)
  • Paul Mayersberg: On the screenplay
  • (2010) (28 min.)
  • Conti, Sakamoto, and Thomas: On location
  • (2010) (40 min.)
Control code
ocn662735441
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen.
Extent
2 videodiscs (123 min.)
Isbn
9781604653151
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515061919
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
CC1928D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o662735441
  • (OCoLC)662735441
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital surround 2.0 stereo; widescreen presentation, preserving the 1.78:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, a Jeremy Thomas production ; a Nagisa Oshima film ; screenplay by Nagisa Oshima with Paul Mayersberg ; producer, Jeremy Thomas ; directed by Nagisa Oshima ; National Film Trustee Company ; made in association with Antares-Nova N.V., Recorded Picture Company, Oshima Productions, Asahi National Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and Broadbank Investments Limited, (videorecording)
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the novel "The seed and the sower" by Sir Laurens Van der Post
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1983
Accompanying material
1 booklet (28 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm) inserted in container.
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Disc one. The film
  • Opening sequence -- Disgraceful incident -- "A bloody farce" -- Firing squad -- New prisoner -- "We want to win" -- "Do you feel uneasy?" -- "We're all wrong" -- Flowers and food -- Escape -- "We must punish someone" -- "Something's changed" -- "Ride right through the day" -- Father Christmas -- "Go back!" -- "Things will be different now" -- 1946 -- Closing credits -- Color bars
  • (1982) (123 min.); Trailer (3 min.)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: On the music
  • (2010) (18 min.)
  • Hasten slowly: The journey of Sir Laurens van der Post
  • Lemle Pictures presents ; a film by Mickey Lemle ; produced and directed by Mickey Lemle ; produced by Lemle Pictures, Inc. in association with South African Broadcasting Co.
  • (1996) (55 min.); Booklet contains the essays "Lawrence of Shinjuki" by Chuck Stephens, "Oshima: Sex, militarism, and empire" an interview of Nagisa Oshima by Tadao Sato, and "Ten questions for Kitano on Oshima" translated from the Japanese by Fumiko Takagi
  • Disc two. The supplements: Featurettes
  • The Oshima gang: the making of 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence'
  • Mr. Lawrence Productions
  • (2005) (30 min.)
  • Paul Mayersberg: On the screenplay
  • (2010) (28 min.)
  • Conti, Sakamoto, and Thomas: On location
  • (2010) (40 min.)
Control code
ocn662735441
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen.
Extent
2 videodiscs (123 min.)
Isbn
9781604653151
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515061919
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
CC1928D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o662735441
  • (OCoLC)662735441
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital surround 2.0 stereo; widescreen presentation, preserving the 1.78:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Video recording format
DVD

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