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

- What does he want?

- I'll find out.

You don't have to take orders

from this man, you know.

Well, I'm the liaison officer.

So I'm liaising.

You're sure you know what

you're doing, old man?

Yes, and what ever this is,

it's important to him...

that I see it.

- I'll keep an eye on them sir.

- Very good.



A disgracefuI incident has occurred.

I will deal with it myself.

If It's secret why show me?

I want you to witness it.

- Know what he did?

- This dutch soldier?

Not him he was in a cell for stealing bananas.

- The korean guard?

- Of course.

Kanemoto tell this british officer what you did.

Kanemoto come on!

Say it!

Say it! You, Kanemoto!

Why don't you?

Are you too ashamed?

You know now Lawrence?

Last night he stole into the

cell of that dutch boy.

Kanemoto show us how you used

this thing of yours.

Show us how you used it on this

white fellow's ass.

Just do it for us now!

Untie him.

Kanemoto! Do it! Hear me? Now!

Has your dainty thing become

too shrunken to be potent?

If you can bugger him again

you may comit Harakiri.

Have you gone mad?

You haven't seen a japanese

untiI you've seen Harakiri.

I don't want to watch it!

Do you want me to hate the japanese?

I'll do it!

Stop it! For God's sake,

stop it!

Lawrence, out of the way!

Haven't you shamed him enough?

Shame? He didn't even resist being raped!

Can you get up?

You're Dutch, aren't you?

De Jong, sir.Karel De Jong.

Now you'd better

sit down.

Now tell me

what happened.

In the begin in he camein to

dress this wound of mine.

For three days, every night.

He was, he was very kind.

But then last night, he suddenly...

Captain Yonoi! This is

Colonel Lawrence! Come quickly!

Kanemoto, I'll assist you.

Stop it!

Watch this!

Sergeant Hara...


What's going on?

Sergeant Hara is going execute this man!

- This is not your concern.

- Then why bring me here?

- Who ordered this execution?

- This is not an execution.

Kanemoto is trying to comit

suicide for his crime.

And you ignore it?

Out of compassion.

His family is poor. If we deem

his death an accident...

they will get a pension.

What crime has he committed?

Let me report in private.

I've no time now. I'm due at a

military trial in Batavia.

Make your report later.

This way, sir.

- Captain Yonoi is here, sir.

- Let him in.

I'm Captain Yonoi.

I'm here for the trial.

We are very honoured to have

Captain Yonoi here today.

This is Colonel Fujimura,

President of the court.

- Pleased to serve with you.

- Good to have you here.

My name is Iwata.

The military situation here is very serious.

Your service is important.

Gentlemen, the defendant is

a very difficuIt man.

All rise to attention!

Before the court is the

case of Jack Celliers.

Your name is given

as Jack Celliers.

Is that correct?

- Why shouldn't it be?

- What do you mean by that?

Answer the question!

Is your name Jack Celliers?

I've answered that question

about a hundred times.

Read the charges.

The prisioner, Jack Celliers,

a Major in the British army...

parachuted with four men into...

the Banten Valley.

They waged guerilla warfare.

On october 16, they attacked a

japanese transport unit.

They took ammunition, killed

PFC Takeshi Tazaki, then...

they wounded Corp. Sawafuji

and four others.

His crime is covered by

martial law regulations.

We recommend a death penalty...

as prescribed in section 1

Accordingly, he should receive

the death penalty...

as prescribed in Section 1,

chapter 5 of the regulations.

How do you plead?

Not guilty. I'm not a criminal.

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