Down 19,278 this week

The Sun (2005)
"Solntse" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 2,072 users   Metascore: 85/100
Reviews: 27 user | 68 critic | 12 from

Third part in Aleksandr Sokurov's quadrilogy of Power, following Moloch (1999) and Taurus (2001), focuses on Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Japan's defeat in World War II when he is finally confronted by General Douglas MacArthur who offers him to accept a diplomatic defeat for survival.


0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 23 Apr 2011
a list of 49 titles
created 04 Jun 2011
a list of 30 titles
created 06 Feb 2013
a list of 32 titles
created 27 Nov 2013
a list of 33 titles
created 13 Dec 2013

Related Items

Search for "The Sun" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Sun (2005)

The Sun (2005) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sun.

User Polls

3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Moloch (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1942, in Bavaria, Eva Braun is alone, when Adolf Hitler arrives with Dr. Josef Goebbels and his wife Magda Goebbels and Martin Bormann to spend a couple of days without talking politics.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Elena Rufanova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Irina Sokolova
Alexandra (2007)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Galina Vishnevskaya, Vasily Shevtsov, Raisa Gichaeva
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A father and his son live together in a roof-top apartment. They have lived alone for years in their own private world, full of memories and daily rites. Sometimes they seem like brothers. ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Andrei Shchetinin, Aleksei Neymyshev, Aleksandr Razbash
Faust III (2011)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The simple narrative is a thread woven among the deeply spiritual images of the countryside... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Aleksei Ananishnov, Gudrun Geyer
Russian Ark (2002)
Drama | Fantasy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy
Taurus (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Leonid Mozgovoy, Mariya Kuznetsova, Sergey Razhuk
Kamen (1992)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Pyotr Aleksandrov, Leonid Mozgovoy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Family and friends gather in a decadent house to party. Despite their delusive distinction a raw passion for sex and violence comes to light.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Ramaz Chkhikvadze, Alla Osipenko, Irina Sokolova
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Aleksei Ananishnov, Eskender Umarov, Irina Sokolova
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The existential protagonist is a hungry, homeless, socially isolated, and socially alienated young man living on the streets of an anonymous Russian big city in the 19th Century. He's ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Aleksandr Cherednik, Sergey Barkovskiy, Elizaveta Koroleva
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Directors: Alexei Jankowski, Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Aleksandr Sokurov


Cast overview, first billed only:
Issei Ogata ...
Empress Kojun
Shirô Sano ...
The chamberlain
Shinmei Tsuji ...
Old servant
Taijirô Tamura ...
Georgiy Pitskhelauri ...
McArthur's warrant officer
Hiroya Morita ...
Suzuki, Prime Minister
Toshiaki Nishizawa ...
Yonai, Minister of the Navy
Naomasa Musaka ...
Yusuke Tozawa ...
Kôjirô Kusanagi ...
Togo, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Tetsuro Tsuno ...
General Umezu
Rokuro Abe ...
General Toyoda
Jun Haichi ...
Abe, Minister of the Interior


As Japan nears defeat at the end of World War II, Emperor Hirohito starts his day in a bunker underneath the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. A servant reads to him a list of activities for the day, including a meeting with his ministers, marine biology research, and writing his son. Hirohito muses about the impact on such schedules when the Americans arrive but is told that as long as there is a solitary Japanese person living, the Americans will not reach The Emperor. Hirohito replies that he at times feels like he himself will be the last Japanese person left alive. The servant reminds him that he is a deity, not a person, but Hirohito points out that he has a body just like any other man. He later reflects on the causes of the war when dictating observations about a hermit crab, and then about the peace to come when composing a letter to his son. Soon enough General Douglas MacArthur's personal car is sent to bring him through the ruins of Tokyo for a meeting with the supreme commander ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | History


See all certifications »



| | |



Release Date:

18 November 2005 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

O Sol  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,588 (USA) (20 November 2009)


$76,357 (USA) (9 April 2010)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Aleksandr Sokurov kept the name of the actor playing the Emperor secret, since it is taboo in Japan to play an Emperor on film. Sokurov was afraid for the safety of the actor, after Nagisa Ôshima told him there have been two attempts on his life after he criticized Imperial Japan during WWII. See more »


Shouwa-Tennou Hirohito: Our chances of victory in the war with the west were 50 out of 100. Germany's chances in this war were 100 out of 100.
General Douglas MacArthur: What are you talking about?
Shouwa-Tennou Hirohito: I'm talking about the alliance with Germany.
General Douglas MacArthur: Well, that is all in the past. There is only one unresolved issue left. That is the issue of your fate.
See more »


Follows Taurus (2001) See more »


4th & 5th movements from UNACCOMPANIED CELLO SUITE NO.5 C-MINOR, BWV. 1011
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Mstislav Rostropovich
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A hard viewing but psychologically interesting for some
14 March 2005 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

Another part of Sokurov's "totalitarian" sequence, this is devoted to Japanese WW II-time Emperor Hirohito and his farewell to the old good times of imperial Japan and painful entry into new after-war realities of defeated Japan rising to "democracy" and subject to America's "civilizing".

Compared to the dictators previously depicted by Sokurov (Hitler and Lenin), Hirohito appears the least dictatorial: he sometimes is felt like a "hostage" of the desire to defend the country's own pass of development against the "corroding" influx of Western "plebeian" culture, the desire which led Japan into the fascist "axis" and determined its defeat when the old traditions of relying on the soldiers' spirit and honour and not technical power, and despising non-Japanese as barbarians did not justify themselves.

The film is a hard viewing even for art-house fans because of obscure (probably psychologically justified) coloring and virtually no exterior action. All the action is psychological depicting the way the Emperor comes to reality and to realizing (and publicly declaring) that he is a man, not God, and taking the disgrace of defeat on himself to save his country.

Overall, 7/10.

17 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
good film...but what about war crimes? jfca283
What language is this movie in? Where can I purchase it? hddvd1337
Artificial Eye DVD Problems??? mmuchall
MacArthur had little 'presence' Dresscircle20
Selected for the New York Film Festival neil57
'Humiliation our people suffered in 1924' kaream
Discuss The Sun (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: