Empire of the Sun (1987)

Director
Steven Spielberg

Main cast
Christian Bale; John Malkovich; Miranda Richardson; Nigel Havers; Ben Stiller

Genres
Drama, History, War

Description
The story of young English boy who lives with his parents in Shanghai during World War II. After the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese occupy the Shanghai International Settlement, and in the following chaos Jim becomes separated from his parents.


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