I could never emphasize this more: watch this movie!
I regret to say that I am one of those people who had not seen this movie since it's release in 1987. Only this year did i get around to it, all this time mistakenly confusing it with The Last Emperor which totally eclipsed this movie by winning most of the honors at the Oscars. However, as soon as i started to watch Empire of the Sun, i was immediately taken in by the story and the characters, especially by Christian Bale's stellar performance, for any age. This is by far the best war movie for me, as well as one of the best emotional responsive one. Very rarely does a movie get to me. This one made me weep every time at the end. And i have seen it well over 30 times now!!!
Also, one of the consequences of watching this movie was that i became a huge fan of Christian Bale. I am his age, but i had never seen any of his movies, except some excerpts from Batman Begins. But after watching Empire of the Sun, my curiosity got the best of me and i wondered what other movies he had been in, and if his performances were as good. I have seen almost all of his movies, and he is truly the best there is. One of the most versatile actors ever.