Although Bowie was to focus only on his acting, he did make an initial suggestion that the script needed revision.
This led to the involvement of co-writer Paul Mayersberg - the same man who tailored the screenplay for The Man Who Fell To Earth.
Unfortunately, the project took some time to get off the ground.
Oshima's award winning Ai No Corrida (In The Realm of the Senses) has already sparked a famous obscenity trial in 1976.
Just as the film h
ad been rejected by Japanese backers and eventually produced with French money, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence with it's homosexual subtext and unflattering portrayal of Japanese wartime atrocities, was forced into postponement while Oshima found finance in England and New Zealand.
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