David Bowie regally embodies Major Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. The camp commander is obsessed with the mysterious blond stranger, while the British lieutenant colonel Lawrence tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between captor and prisoner…
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1983: Annus mirabilis for David Bowie. First Let's Dance, then this. The album is the greater achievement, sure, but how nice it is to have this visual record of the man, looking not unlike one of the "superhuman gods" that Col. Lawrence contends the Imperial Japanese long to become. In Captain Yanoi's strangled desire for Celliers Oshima reenacts the attraction/repulsion dynamic between post-Edo Japan and the West.
David Bowie+Ruyichi Sakamoto+Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano; it's hard not to love this film. This is a strange and hypnotically beautiful work, and I'm not really sure what to make of it. It plays out like fragments of dreams that don't quite add up to a whole, but rather a shattered portrait. This was probably the best introduction to Oshima, as well. A bit overlong, but fascinating none the less.
Stay with what you know; David Bowie beared this in mind. The rest of the cast (especially the non-Japanese actors) was not doing much better. Bad script, terrible dialogues, very slow development & almost no thrilling, no exciting element. Everything is very much predictable, unconvincing & overall heavily boring. "Furyo" is about clash of cultures, individuality vs community, but couldn't make it.
I had an album called 1996 ,I preferred to listen merry christmas mr . lawrence ,sheltering sky without the need for other albums, bc I was fell in love with melodies.I ve forgot bertolucci's
sheltering sky and I must rewatch again. but its song and final scene are in my mind. sakamoto is an artist who makes movies more special and unforgettable.Half of the film is music or sound.this film's half part is sakamoto.