The Sun

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Le Soleil

The Sun


by Alexandre Sokourov



Le Soleil

Director: Alexandre Sokourov

Script: Yuri Arabov, Jérémy Noble

Cineamtographer: A. Sokourov

Editing: Serguei Ivanov

Sound: M. Akhpashev

Music: Andrey Sigle

Cast: Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Shirô Sano, Shinmei Tsugi, Tahijirô Tamura, G. Pitskhelauri, Hiroya Morita

Production: Nikola Film, Mact Productions, Downtown Pictures

Ocean Films
6 rue Lincoln
75008 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2005

35 mm, Colour, 110 min, 
OV Russian, Japanese, English with French Subtitles

Berlin Film Festival 2005

Summer 1945, Japan is occupied. Emperor Hiro Hito, considered as the descendant of the sun-god, is at the heart of the intrigue.

The Sun recounts the events which occurred between two historical decisions taken by this eminent character: his country’s unconditional surrender to the Allies, and his renunciation to divine ascendance. We follow the emperor’s daily life and we attend the historical encounter between two opposite characters: General Mac Arthur and the Emperor of Japan. With great tact and respect, the American general obtains Hiro Hito’s personal decisions guaranteeing a future to the country and accelerating the peace process.

As in his films Taurus about Lenin and Moloch about the last days of Hitler, Sokourov interweaves here private and public lives and probes into his character for his human dimension as well as his responsibilities to the world.

"The Sun is altogether a spectacular film, an historical film, a war film and a drama." A. Sokourov

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