Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence (1983)

Nagisa Oshima directs David Bowie, Beat Takeshi and Tom Conti in this WWII prisoner of war movie where the officers of both sides struggle with their desires for each other.

The Bridge of River Kwai but bubbling with gay lust, mainly unspoken. The film wobbles in a boarding school flashback sequence that gobbles up too much of the third act. Otherwise it is quite strange and beautiful, much like Ryuichi Sakamoto now iconic score. Possibly Bowie’s best onscreen performance.


Perfect Double Bill: Gohatto (1999)

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