New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

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December 3, 1999 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(American, 1987, 154 minutes, color, 35mm)
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring John Malkovich, Christian Bale, Miranda Richardson

Set in and around Shanghai, EMPIRE OF THE SUN is a story of a young British boy who becomes separated from his parents at the out break of World War II and is placed in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. The story is based on the autobiographical novel by J. G. Ballard, who lived through a similar experience as an adolescent. Tom Stoppard wrote the film adaptation.