The David Bowie starring classic Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence arrives on special edition Blu-ray out from Monday 15th June ( @academy_arrow )

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 (Ryuichi 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 (Tom 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 (Takeshi 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

You can pre-order the blu ray here https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/merry-christmas-mr-lawrence-blu-ray/FCD2013

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