Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

By Steven Spielberg

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1988-03-10
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 32min
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Production Company: Amblin Entertainment
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 2.99
From 837 Ratings


From one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, Steven Spielberg, comes an epic film telling the story of a young boy's determination to survive in the face of the devastating events that transpire after Japan invades Shanghai on December 8, 1941.




  • Waited a long time to see this

    By Jamesaaron61
    I waited a very long time to see this movie. I remember being a kid in the early 90's seeing this movie on vhs sitting at blockbuster and I always wanted to see it but never got a chance to. Finally rented it like 18 years later on iTunes and it was a very beautiful movie. The one thing that alway caught my eye growing up was the box cover. It's very well done.
  • Boring

    By pete777888889999
    No action. No drama.
  • Best Bale Movie

    By Katie Frazier
    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL movie. Very heart touching, thanks for a wonderful experience Christian.
  • Not overlooked but slightly forgotten

    By allezexpert
    Beautiful, subtle at times and highly impactful. This story is told through the eyes of a child who’s becoming disillusioned with perhaps what is his fantastical vision of war and being a combat pilot. The “corniness” that some reviewers are referring to is actually quite a complicated but nuanced flavoring of the massive scale of the war through Jim’s eyes. I think Spielberg goes back and forth between the reality of the war and the situation Jim’s family finds themselves in and Jim’s perception, his fears and his dreams of what he thinks the war should be.
  • The acting is outstanding

    By cmhohio
    The acting is outstanding by all cast members.
  • What could be the connection to WWI here?

    By KarlinNice
    A spoiled boy who slowly looses it to an insane situation. I´m sorry for his trouble. Had his colonialist parents been in England where they belong it could have been avoided. And, what about the millions in China also lost to the insanity of WWII? Were ´supposed to care about this like public school kid instead of them. A lot of budget to throw at overdrawn symbols. I just don´t think this movie goes anywhere. Skip it and watch Schindler´s List again.
  • Great movie

    By Missylola2
    If I could give it more stars I would
  • Empire of the Sun

    By Comanche pilot
    Good story, a little slow at times, fantastic flying sequence late in the movie when several P-51's attacked the base. The attack is almost unbelievable, but when Christian Bale waves at the pilot and the pilot waves back it seems to be a fantasy, but I am aware of a similar event that actually took place in Holland during an attack against the Nazi's by a P-51 that put two rockets into the occupied town hall while flying up the street to the delight of a little 10 year boy waving at the pilot who waved back at him, then fired into the occupied town hall destroying it.
  • Empire of the Sun

    By TheTommyC
  • Empire of the Sun

    By limey1721
    EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Greatest movie ever created!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm obbsessed.