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The Sun


Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov
Russia, Switzerland, 2005


The Sun depicts several days in the life of Japanese Emperor Hirohito before and after Japan’s capitulation during WWII. The films follows him in his everyday activities, basically waiting for the Americans in order to surrender. When they come, Hirohito has to take his leave of his divine status.

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The Sun Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov
Sokurov’s concern here is with an antiquated vessel of power, rather than power’s amassment or its uses, and the aesthetic of dimness is pervasive. As is often the case in his work, each new location—meticulously designed, decorated, and composed—appears self-contained, a world unto itself in a near-lightless universe.
August 24, 2016
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If Aleksandr Sokurov’s THE SUN wasn’t so restrained, one could say that it was a staggering masterpiece. But “staggering” implies a grandiosity that is totally alien to the film. Conversely, if one were to say it was a quiet masterpiece, then that would not account fully for the profundity of the film. Of course, it is both staggering and quiet, and this seemingly irreconcilable dichotomy is proved false by the genius of Sokurov.
January 08, 2010
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Using his unique form of cinematic chamber-psychology, Sukoruv has made an incisive look at the difficult question of Japan’s leadership responsibility, not through political drama but through a subtle and nuanced evocation of the inner spiritual, moral, and identity confusion of a single human.
November 19, 2009
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