Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawerence


Dir. Nagisa Oshima (1983).
Seriously underrated when it was released, Oshima’s account of British POWs and their Japanese captors is Kabuki of the highest order. The suitably bizarre cast includes rock stars David Bowie and Riyuchi Sakamoto (who supplied a haunting score) as well as Takeshi Kitano—whose delivery of the English title line is unforgettable.

Sun., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 2010

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 1, 2010

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