In a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Java in 1942, an English captive strikes up a strange relationship with the commandant.
David Bowie, once again displaying acting skills which remind us what a great singer he is, plays enigmatic POW Major Celliers who forges a strange, destructive relationship with a Japanese prison camp commander (Ryuichi Sakamoto). As an exploration of cultural discord, Nagisa Oshima's film is pretty thin stuff, despite its reputation. Bowie is a potent irritant, but Tom Conti is solid in support and Sakamoto's mesmerising score sparkles anew.
Reviewed by Adam Smith
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