Empire of the Sun [Widescreen]

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Synopsis

Based on J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun stars Christian Bale as a spoiled young British boy, living with his wealthy family in pre-World War II Shanghai. During the Japanese invasion, Bale is separated from his parents. With the help of soldier-of-fortune John Malkovich, Bale learns to survive without a retinue of servants at his beck and call. By the time Malkovich and Bale are tossed into a Japanese prison camp, the boy has picked up enough street-smarts and developed enough intestinal fortitude to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure. The story ends during the 1945 liberation: on the verge of manhood, the 13-year-old Bale will never again be the pampered, privileged brat whom we met in the early scenes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Chapter List

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Foreword. [1:12]
2. The Choirboy. [3:05]
3. Luckier. [3:24]
4. Upward Dreams. [1:38]
5. Partygoer Procession. [3:56]
6. Hospitality. [2:12]
7. Engaging the Enemy. [5:13]
8. Shanghai: December 8, 1941. [2:48]
9. Lost in the Crowd. [4:27]
10. Plunderers. [4:12]
11. Home Alone. [4:25]
12. English Boy Surrenders. [5:04]
13. Making Frank's Acquaintance. [2:03]
14. Shanghai Jim. [5:10]
15. Journey to Opulence. [3:22]
16. New Occupants. [1:55]
17. Chow Time. [6:44]
18. The Truck to Soochow. [4:34]
19. One With the Planes. [2:42]
20. Kindred Spirits. [1:34]
21. Tricks of the Trade. [3:48]
22. The Antidote. [:26]
23. New Word: Pragmatist. [2:09]
24. The University of Life. [3:59]
25. Night Bombing. [3:56]
26. Reprisal. [2:39]
27. Setting the Traps. [3:22]
28. In America Now. [6:45]
29. Nagata's Revenge on Basie. [2:18]
30. Lords of the Yangtze. [3:34]
31. Basie Returns. [4:12]
32. Kamikaze Dawn. [1:39]
33. Bombs and Rapture. [3:30]
34. Return to the British Dorm. [5:01]
35. Broken Promise. [1:45]
36. Failed Mission. [2:18]
37. March to Nantao. [1:46]
38. The Olympic Stadium. [1:46]
39. "Pretend You're Dead." [2:15]
40. Heavenly Light. [1:55]
41. Reunions. [2:59]
42. "I Can Bring Everyone Back." [4:10]
43. "I Surrender." [3:47]
44. Tired Eyes. [2:00]
45. End Credits. [4:06]
Side #2 -- Special Features
0. "The China Odyssey" Documentary
1. Introduction. [2:40]
2. International Settlement. [2:45]
3. Christian Bale. [2:23]
4. Shanghai Occupied. [4:16]
5. Cruelties of War. [3:31]
6. A Western City. [5:14]
7. Jumping Back 50 Years. [2:38]
8. Ballard's Memories. [3:35]
9. Almost Like a Movie. [2:25]
10. Planestruck. [6:51]
11. Coming of Age. [4:57]
12. Rapture Sequence. [4:38]
13. Biggest Adjustment. [2:39]
14. End Credits. [:30]