Arrow Films releases new trailer for ‘Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence,’ out this Monday on Arrow Academy!

Arrow Films has released a new trailer for Nagisa Oshima’s critically acclaimed war film, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, available to pre-order now and released on Blu-ray this Monday, 15th June as part of the Arrow Academy line.

David Bowie stars alongside Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano and Jack Thompson in this Palme d’Or-nominated portrait of resilience, pride, friendship and obsession among four very different men confined in the stifling jungle heat of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Java during World War II.

Produced by Jeremy Thomas, and featuring a haunting BAFTA-winning score by Ryuichi Sakamoto, this powerful wartime drama is based on Laurens van der Post’s autobiographical 1963 novel ‘The Seed and the Sower’ and was adapted for the screen by Paul Mayersberg.

In 1942, British officer Major Jack Celliers (Bowie) is captured by Japanese soldiers, and after a brutal trial sent, physically debilitated but indomitable in mind, to a POW camp overseen by the zealous Captain Yonoi (Sakamoto). Celliers’ stubbornness sees him locked in a battle of wills with the camp’s new commandant, a man obsessed with discipline and the glory of Imperial Japan who becomes unnaturally preoccupied with the young Major, while Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence (Conti), the only inmate with a degree of sympathy for Japanese culture and an understanding of the language, attempts to bridge the divide through his friendship with Yonoi’s second-in-command, Sergeant Hara (Kitano), a man possessing a surprising degree of compassion beneath his cruel façade.

Special Features:

– FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jasper Sharp
– High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
– Original uncompressed stereo audio
– The Man Who Left His Soul on Film (1983), Paul Joyce’s 82-minute documentary profile of Nagisa Oshima
– The Oshima Gang (1983), a 30-minute documentary following the film’s cast and makers at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
– Video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti, and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
– Hasten Slowly (1996), a 60-minute documentary about the author of the film’s
autobiographical source novel
– Exclusive newly filmed interview with critic Tony Rayns
– Original theatrical trailer
– Image gallery
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sam Hadley

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