Screening of Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence


Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence / 戦場のメリークリスマス

Dir: Nagisa Oshima
UK, Japan / 1983 / 123min / English & Japanese (with English subtitles) / DCP / Rating TBC

In a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Java, in 1942, Lieutenant-Colonel John Lawrence (Tom Conti), a British officer, enjoys an uneasy relationship with his jailors and fellow prisoners. He faces a new challenge with the arrival of fellow Briton, the indomitably spirited Major Jacques Celliers (David Bowie), who becomes an object of strange desire for the Japanese Captain Yanoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto). What follows is not merely a battle of survival between the British prisoners and their Japanese captors, but a battle of wills and world views. But towards the end of the war, as Christmas approaches, both sides begin to realise that there is more common ground between them than either could have imagined.

This film is part of the war film programme Witness to War: Memories and Screens, organised by the National Museum of Singapore as part of the Witness to War exhibition and curated by the Asian Film Archive.

About Witness to War: Memories and Screen

The memories of World War Two have been captured, interpreted and presented in various films – from iconic war films like Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence to romance films such as Hiroshima Mon Amour and historically significant films like Momotaro, Sacred Sailors and Spirit of the Overseas Chinese which have not been seen in Singapore in recent history. For the first time, the National Museum, in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive, will be presenting Witness to War: Memories and Screens, a selection of films which document and remember the experience of World War Two in the Pacific and its aftermath.

In tracing the historical development from the bombing of Pearl Harbour (1941) to Hiroshima (1945), Memories and Screens will showcase films and narratives from Singapore and Malaya, Britain, Japan, America and Singapore’s regional neighbours, accounting for the diverse yet shared narratives of countries and people that have participated in and witnessed World War Two. This film programme –inspired by the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 – invites us to reflect upon the ways film across national borders remembers a shared history that continues to shape our reality today.
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