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Director  Alexander Sokurov
Initial DVD release  March 23, 2007 (Japan)
Duration  
Language  Japanese English
7.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, History
Film series  Tetralogy of Power
The Sun (film) movie poster
Writer  Yuri Arabov, Jeremy Noble
Release date  2005
Cast  Issei Ogata (Emperor Shouwa-Tennou Hirohito), Robert Dawson (General Douglas MacArthur (as Robert Dawson)), Kaori Momoi (Empress Kojun), Shirô Sano (The chamberlain)
Similar movies  Tetralogy of Power movies, Related Alexander Sokurov movies

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The Sun (Russian: Сóлнце, Solntse) is a 2005 Russian biographical film depicting Japanese Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) during the final days of World War II. The film is the third drama in director Aleksandr Sokurov's trilogy, which included Taurus about the Soviet Union's Vladimir Lenin and Moloch about Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler.

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Plot

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Towards the conclusion of the Second World War, Japan nears defeat as Emperor Hirohito (Issey Ogata) reminisces on the past while being held up in a bunker underneath his Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Hirohito reflects on the foundation of the conflict while attempting to dictate peace terms. Later, U.S. military commander General Douglas MacArthur (Robert Dawson) is sent to bring him through the ruins of Tokyo for a meeting regarding the occupation of the victorious Allied leaders. The two very different men strangely bond after sharing dinner and cigars, after which Hirohito retreats to his personal quarters. Following his admission of personal failures, Hirohito attempts to rebuild his war-ravaged country as a fully developed constitutional nation while his own future remains in doubt, as either the Emperor of Japan or a war criminal.

Cast

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  • Issey Ogata as Emperor Hirohito
  • Robert Dawson as General Douglas MacArthur
  • Kaori Momoi as Empress Kōjun
  • Shiro Sano as the Chamberlain
  • Shinmei Tsuji as the Old Servant
  • Taijiro Tamura as the Scientist
  • Georgi Pitskhelauri as McArthur's Warrant Officer
  • Hiroya Morita as Kantarō Suzuki
  • Toshiaki Nishizawa as Mitsumasa Yonai
  • Naomasa Musaka as Korechika Anami
  • Yusuke Tozawa as Kōichi Kido
  • Kōjirō Kusanagi as Shigenori Tōgō
  • Tetsuro Tsuno as Yoshijirō Umezu
  • Rokuro Abe as Soemu Toyoda
  • Jun Haichi as Nobuyuki Abe
  • Filming

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    Having confessed himself in "not being interested in the history or politics which took place, and not really being interested in historical events of the period", Sokurov gives a personal impression of Hirohito while omitting all references to questions surrounding the Tokyo tribunal regarding the personal responsibility of the emperor as head of the Imperial General Headquarters in relation to Japanese war crimes. That omission results in the imperial conference between the emperor and his council and his meeting with MacArthur, in fact, contain none of the words actually related to imperial interpreter Katsuzō Okumura's transcript. For example, as noted by Okumura, MacArthur praised the emperor's "august virtue" (miitsu).

    According to The Times, the film has not been widely screened in Japan because of fears of violence from right wing extremists over its portrayal of Hirohito.

    Awards

    At the 2005 Russian Guild of Film Critics Awards the film was awarded the prizes for Best Film, Best Director (Alexander Sokurov) and Best Music (Andrei Sigle).

    The Sun won the Golden Apricot at the 2005 Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia, for Best Feature Film.

    References

    The Sun (film) Wikipedia
    The Sun (film) IMDb The Sun (film) themoviedb.org


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