Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Empire of the Sun

Bryan Young presents his latest entry in the long running Cinema Behind Star Wars series over at with a look at Steven Spielberg’s 1987 classic Empire of the Sun.

Steven Spielberg has always been a large influence on Star Wars and his 1987 film, Empire of the Sun, is no different. Based on an autobiographical novel by J.G. Ballard, Empire of the Sun is set in Shanghai at the onset of World War II. It tells the story of Jim, a young English boy played by Christian Bale. He’s separated from his parents as the war begins and it shows his struggles to survive the war on his own. He’s thrown in with lowlifes like Basie and Frank, played by John Malkovich and Joe Pantoliano, and then placed into an internment camp and left to fend for himself.