Please Note: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence has been pushed back to October 24th.

Written and directed by Nagisa Ôshima, the UK Blu-Ray Premiere of Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is available in a Double Play disc set on 24h October. We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away.

Based on The Seed and The Sower by Laurens Van Der Post, in 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi (Ryûichi Sakamoto), who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In Yonoi’s view, the allied prisoners are all cowards after choosing to surrender in the war instead of committing suicide. When one of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence (Tom Conti), tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, he is considered a traitor.

Blu-Ray Extras:
- The Oshima Gang – Making of Featurette
- An Interview with Jeremy Thomas
- An Interview Ryûichi Sakamoto
-Theatrical Trailer

All you need to do for your chance of winning a copy of the Blu-ray is email with the e-mail header Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Make sure you leave your full name and address and please only enter if you are 15 or over. Winners will be notified in November.

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This article was first posted on October 12, 2011