A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

A Steven Spielberg film.

Empire of the Sun
Release date
November 16 2005
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.

Ben Stiller ... Dainty

Christian Bale ... Jim Graham

David Neidorf ... Tiptree

Joe Pantoliano ... Frank Demerest

John Malkovich ... Basie

Leslie Phillips ... Maxton

Miranda Richardson ... Mrs. Victor

Nigel Havers ... Dr. Rawlins

Ralph Seymour ... Cohen

Robert Stephens ... Mr. Lockwood

Recommended reading

Shailene Woodley

True story movies on the way that we’re super excited about

Just knowing that there’s a real-life tale behind a movie makes it all the more gripping, right? Here are 5 upcoming films to put on your must-watch list.
Christopher Nolan directing in Dunkirk

Dunkirk – is it Nolan’s Best Film?

It’s scored a number of 5-star reviews and critics and moviegoers alike are raving about director Christopher Nolan’s epic Dunkirk, calling the gripping WWII movie “the best film he’s ever made.”

We’ve lit the fuse on the 10 most explosive disaster movies ever

The end of the world is nigh – strap yourselves in and buckle up as we count down our favourite disaster movies of all time.

Get the latest movie updates sent directly to your inbox!

Want more from inside of Australia's biggest movie and home entertainment company? Join the crew today for news, exclusive offers and competitions.

Thanks. We'll be in touch soon.