Trivia / Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

  • All-Star Cast: Both David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto were chosen for their status as well-known musicians in their own countries. The film also stars Takeshi Kitano as Sergeant Hara.
  • California Doubling: Notable for being filmed on-location in New Zealand and the Cook Islands. The above picture is from the Auckland central railway station as it appeared in the early 1980s.
  • Fake Brit: Jack Thompson (Australian) as the British Group Captain Hicksley. Thompson tries an English accent but doesn't quite pull it off.
    • Also Tom Conti (Italian-Scottish) playing the English Mr. Lawrence.
  • Fake Nationality: Dutch prisoner Karel de Jong is played by Alistair Browning, a New-Zealander.