Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (Japanese: Senjō no Merī, "Merry Christmas on the Battlefield"), also known in many European editions as Furyo, Japanese for "prisoner of war"),is a 1983 British-Japanese drama film directed by Nagisa Oshima, produced by Jeremy Thomas and starring David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano and Jack Thompson.The screenplay by Oshima with Paul Mayersberg was based on Sir Laurens van der Post's experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II as depicted in his works The Seed and the Sower (1963) and The Night of the New Moon (1970). The film was entered into the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. Sakamoto's score won the film a BAFTA Award for Best Film Music. The New York Times wrote a favourable review, saying that David Bowie "plays a born leader in Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, and he plays him like a born film star.