Empire of the Sun

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Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 1183 (Rank from 1987: # 13)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Dan O'Neill90(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 3
Rewatch: 5
CineKatz Vivek65
David Baruffi61(full review)

People Involved

  • Christian Bale (Jim Jamie Graham)
  • John Malkovich (Basie)
  • Miranda Richardson (Mrs. Victor)
  • Nigel Havers (Dr. Rawlins)
  • Ben Stiller (Dainty)
  • Steven Spielberg (Director)

  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • Spielberg And A World At War