The Sun/ Solntse
Director : Alexander Sokurov / Russia | Italy | Switzerland | France / 110 / Japanese | English / 2005
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.
Director and DoP Alexander Sokurov
Screenplay Yuri Arabov
Editor Sergei Ivanov
Cast Issey Ogata, Robert Dawson