Official Re-release trailer
We were proud to be asked by our friends at Arrow Video to craft a new trailer for the classic film. Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence for its restored release on the Arrow Academy label. We worked hard to give the trailer a fresh take, but with a classic feel, and were lucky to be given permission by Ryuichi Sakamoto to use his score in our new 5.1 mix and have the edit signed off by the film’s producer Jeremy Thomas.
David Bowie stars in Nagisa Oshima’s 1983 Palme d’Or-nominated portrait of resilience, pride, friendship and obsession among four very different men confined in the stifling jungle heat of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Java during World War II.
Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky), it was the first English-language film by Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses, Gohatto), a leading light of Japanese New Wave cinema, and provided breakthrough big-screen roles for comedian Takeshi Kitano and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, who also composed the film’s hauntingly memorable BAFTA-winning score. This powerful wartime drama was adapted from Laurens van der Post’s autobiographical novel ‘The Seed and the Sower’ (1963) by screenwriter Paul Mayersberg (The Man Who Fell to Earth).
The trailer was premiered on The Hollywood News site.