Empire of the SunEmpire of the Sun
is a 1984 novel by J.G. Ballard
. Though it is fiction, it draws extensively on Ballard's experiences in World War II
, recounting the story of a young English boy, Jim Graham, whose family are living in Shanghai
just before its capture by the Japanese. A later book by Ballard, The Kindness of Women
, is a sequel.
The book was filmed by Steven Spielberg in 1987, to critical acclaim, being nominated for six Oscarss and winning three British Academy Awards (Cinematography, Music and Sound). It starred John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and Christian Bale.