RUSSIA, ITALY, SWITZERLAND, FRANCE

THE SUN IL SOLE

2005 – 35mm – colore – 110’

 

Direction: Aleksandr Sokurov

Screenplay: Yury Arabov

Cinematography: Aleksandr Sokurov

Editing: Sergey Ivanov

Set design: Elena Zhukova

Music: Andrei Sigle

Costumes: Lidia Krukova

Cast: Issey Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi, Shiro Sano, Shinmei Tsuji, Taijiro Tamura, Georgy Pitskhelauri

Producers: Igor Kalenov, Andrei Sigle, Marco Müller

Production: Nikola–film. Proline Film, Downtown Pictures, Mact Productions, Riforma Film

 

SYNOPSIS

Summer 1945: Japan is under occupation. The plot revolves around Emperor Hirohito. The Sun recounts the events occurring between two historic decisions made by this remarkable figure: the unconditional surrender of his country to the Allied Forces and the renunciation of his divine status. The film takes place when the commander in chief of the US occupation forces, General Douglas Mac Arthur, is deciding on the fate of Emperor Hirohito and his dynasty. The Soviet Union would rather have him tried by the martial court and sentenced to death, but Mac Arthur takes a more cautious approach: he doesn’t have Hirohito arrested but only puts guards around his palace.

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“The Sun seems to have been deprived of any light. It was shot inside small rooms immersed in the dim light, and its cuttlefish tones are reduced to monochromatic shades. And when the camera leaves the bunker of Hirohito (Issei Ogata) or the Museum where the Emperor pursues his passion for biology, the ruins filling the screen have toned-down, worn-out colours, as if they had been eaten away by a cancer. All around Tenno, a sad and vaguely funny little man, there are darkness and silence.” 

(Roberto Escobar, Il Sole-24 Ore, 27 November 2005)

 

 AWARDS

2005 Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF – Competition: Golden Apricot Award