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Japanese soldiers zero fighters prisoners-of-war British prisoner camps attacks Ring any bells I am talking about World War II which is exactly what this movie is about Empire of the Sun is another one of Steven Spielbergs wonderful creations It stars a spoiled young British boy Jamie living with his wealthy family in pre-World War II Shanghai During the Japanese invasion he is separated from his parents With the help of a new friend called Basie he learns to survive without a retinue of servants at his beck and call By the time Basie and Jamie are tossed into a Japanese prison camp the boy has picked up enough street smarts and developed enough courage to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure The story ends during the liberation On the verge of manhood 13-year-old Jamie will never again return to being the pampered privileged brat that he once was before he experienced the war The movie was a combination of good acting with a good plot On the average the film is quite realistic as the situation that Jamie has to go through might be quite similar to some real children that have suffered the effects of the harsh and cruel war The World War II had torn up countless families and the Japanese had taken many houses for their own use leaving the previous owners homeless and nowhere to go It is sure that many children were separated from their parents only to finally reunite with them when the World War is over The movie uses many filming techniques that help to emphasize on what they are trying to say or portray to the audience Much symbolism is used in this movie too Many scenes actually present much more than what is shown and if one does take time to go through the symbolism the depth of what the scenes are implying may astound you In this movie we
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