Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Synopsis: In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of committing suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Nagisa Ôshima
Production: Image Entertainment
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations.
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123 min

I am a soldier in His Majesty's army.

One month ago I came out of the

Djaja Sempoer mountains.

I surrendered to Colonel Utsumi

of the Imperial Japanese Army.

I was imprisioned at Sukabumi.

Then I was questioned

by Lieutenant Ito.

He asked me my name and

rankand I told him.

Then Lieutenant Ito asked me:

"Is that true?"

I replied:

"of course, it is. I'm with the British army."

Do you mean you would never

give a false name?

Let me ask you something.

Why would a man who's about to

die give a false name?

A japanese soldier it caught

would give a false name.

A Japanese soldier would never

submit to being caught.

But then, I'm not a japanese.

Why did you refuse to tell

about yourself?

You must tell us your pass history.

My past is my business.

What was the reason for

giving yourself up?

You've just read it,

haven't you?

Your men said they'd kill

the villagers.

- How many men did you have?

- None.

- Liar!

- I'm not a liar.

I had four men but they

were killed in action.

We know you led a group

of native soldiers.

We are bound to find them

sooner or later.

Why don't you confess your crime?

I've never led natives.

Look, why don't I have a defense counsel?

Exactly what kind of trial

are you giving me?

This whole thing's a bloody farce.

Erase all those remarks.

May I question him?

"To be or not to be.

"That is the question,

The prosecutor said that you

landed in Java by parachute.

Under whose orders?

Under the orders of the

Suprem e Commander of...

His Majesty's forces in India.

Were you not under the

commander of Java?

You know I came to Java in August.

You know the commander in

Java was captured in March.

- You know Captain...

- Captain Yonoi.

If this man fought in India

as a legitimate soldier.

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