The most celebrated performance in
Empire Of The Sun
is undoubtedly that of twelve-year-old Christian Bale.
What about Ben Stiller, eh?! He's in it too. He's got lines,
he's all serious. Well done, Ben!
When Jamie (Bale) is separated from his parents and whisked off to a Japanese POW camp, Malkovich's Basie befriends him. He is a bit of a rogue, though, and teaches Jamie how to be a proper little artful dodger. It's sweet, in a way.
He's a bit too cool to be creepy - however, he does send a
through the barbed-wire fence to test for mines.
It may not be creepy, but it sure is cold.