Steven Spielberg’s film Empire of the Sun is an inspiring, action-packed epic of a small boy is a great war. That boy is Jim Graham, a young Briton whose unconquerable spirit soars high and free above the harsh confines of a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Through his eyes we see the fascination and horror of war. And we see a child’s hold onto childhood weaken as his struggle to survive grows fiercer.
Based on J. G. Ballard’s memorable bestseller, this first major Hollywood studio production ever to shoot is the People’s Republic of China earned 1987 National Board of Review awards for Best Picture and Director, as well as a special citation for Outstanding Juvenile Performance for Christian Bale as Jim.