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Empire of the Sun

I enjoy reading more than I enjoy watching movies, but I do like movies.  Last night, though, I watched a few minutes of a fairly lousy movie starring Christian Bale.  It also had the actor who played Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, no clue on his name.  And Taye Diggs.  And Sean Bean.

But it was Christian Bale I was interested in, because one of my favorite movies (well, top 30 anyway) stars Christian Bale when he was just a child, his first movie I think.  It's also a Spielberg movie, a John Williams movie and a John Malkovich movie.  Yet, few people that I know have seen it.  It is Empire of the Sun, and it's a pretty good movie, in my opinion.  Here's a synopis from imdb.com:

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James (Jim) Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him.

Jim loves planes and is fascinated by the pilots who fly them. Here's young Christian Bale as the camp is attacked by U.S. fighter planes:

If you've never seen this movie, and you like Spielberg (and all that goes along with his movies), give it a try sometime.

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