Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

  1. J.G. Ballard


  2. Menno Meyjes


  3. Steven Spielberg


  4. Tom Stoppard


Top Billed Cast

  1. Christian Bale

    Christian Bale

    Jim 'Jamie' Graham

  2. John Malkovich

    John Malkovich


  3. Miranda Richardson

    Miranda Richardson

    Mrs. Victor

  4. Nigel Havers

    Nigel Havers

    Dr. Rawlins

  5. Ben Stiller

    Ben Stiller


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Empire of the Sun



Status Released

Release Information

  • December 9, 1987


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 33m

Budget $35,000,000.00

Revenue $22,238,696.00



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