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Empire Of The Sun

5

A young Christian Bale shines in Steven Spielberg's first WW2 epic

Spielberg's first WW2 epic demands repeat viewings.

Reflecting his own coming-of-age story, this stately, heroic adaptation of JG Ballard’s childhood memoirs is his most powerful portrait of lost innocence to date.

A 12-year-old Christian Bale delivers a startlingly mature performance as Jim, the ex-pat orphaned by the war and forced to grow up too fast in a Japanese internment camp.

John Williams’ emotional score soars and Allen Daviau’s majestic cinematography is flecked with gold touches of David Lean - who personally handed the project to Spielberg in his final years.

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