In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor.

  1. Nagisa Ōshima

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Laurens Van der Post


  3. Paul Mayersberg


Top Billed Cast

  1. David Bowie

    David Bowie

    Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers

  2. Tom Conti

    Tom Conti

    Col. John Lawrence

  3. Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Capt. Yonoi

  4. Takeshi Kitano

    Takeshi Kitano

    Sgt. Gengo Hara

  5. Jack Thompson

    Jack Thompson

    Group Capt. Hicksley

Full Cast & Crew

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence



Original Title 戦場のメリークリスマス

Status Released

Release Information

  • May 28, 1983


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language Japanese

Runtime 2h 3m

Budget -

Revenue -



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