Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun is a 1987 World War II film directed by Steven Spielberg and based upon the 1984 novel of the same name by JG Ballard. The film follows Jamie Graham, an eleven year-old China-born British schoolboy who struggles to survive, alone, on the streets of Japanese-occupied Shanghai during the Second World War. Alongside John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, and Nigel Havers, the film is notable for being the first on-screen role for Christian Bale, who plays Jamie; also of note, Ben Stiller had a small role in the film, and during his work on the project, conceived the film Tropic Thunder.
The following weapons were used in the film Empire of the Sun:
The Mauser C96 pistol is seen used by the Shanghai resistance fighters on the rooftop.
An M1911A1 is seen in the holster of an US Army colonel that confronts Jamie. A resistance fighter also appears to use one to fire at Japanese troops.
Webley Mk IV
A Webley Mk IV is also seen in the film.
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Arisaka Type 38
The Arisaka Type 38 was one of the main battle rifles used by the Japanese Army in the Pacific theater and is seen used throughout the film.
Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III
A resistance fighter uses a Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III on the rooftop.
Lee-Enfield Mk. I
A possible Lee-Enfield Mk. I can be seen fired by a resistance fighter.
The M1 Garand is seen carried by US soldiers.
A replica of a Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. Armoured Car is armed with a Vickers machine gun.
A Type 11 light machine gun can be seen in the Japanese camp.
A Typ 97 Chi-Ha mock up tank is armed with a Hotchkiss Mk.I machine gun.
A Colt Monitor / Browning Automatic Rifle is also carried by a US soldier.
Browning M3 machine guns are the primary guns mounted in the wings of the P-51 Mustangs in the film.
Unknown Machine Gun
- The Japanese Zero fighters are in fact American-built Harvard trainers modified to look like the Zero.
- Eric Flynn, who plays a British POW, was actually a POW as a child in a Japanese camp.
- The can Jim 'Jamie' Graham (Christian Bale) drinks is Jerzee Evaporated Milk.
- Col. Marshall (Tom Danaher) was a Marine night fighter pilot in the Pacific in WWII and was credited with shooting down the last Japanese bomber of the war. He also flies one of the Japanese "Zeros" in the movie.