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Nagisa Ôshima: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence at the BFI Southbank

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Time 20:30
Date 20/01/22
Price £13.75

David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto deliver compelling performances as a POW and his captor. Also with Tom Conti and Takeshi Kitano.

Bowie and Sakamoto (another musician-turned-actor) play strangely bonded antagonists in this study of brutalisation and repressed desire in a Japanese POW camp. Bowie’s dyed blonde hair crowns a visage shaded by rockstar excess and sexual ambiguity as Major Celliers, a man haunted by his past who’ll risk everything to defy his captor, Captain Yonoi. Electrifying scenes between the two leads, under Oshima’s spare direction, are boldly underlined by Sakamoto’s powerful score.
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COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend Nagisa Ôshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence at the BFI Southbank (NFT2) at 20:30 on Thursday 20 January 2022.


To enter the competition, send an email to jamie@run-riot.com with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: Which actor plays the character Colonel John Lawrence in the film, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence?
A: .1)
David Bowie .2) Tom Conti .3) Jack Celliers .4) Jeremy Thomas

 

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