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Solntse (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 18 November 2005 (Italy)
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.

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Aleksandr Sokurov

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Issei Ogata ... Emperor Shouwa-Tennou Hirohito
Robert Dawson ... General Douglas MacArthur
Kaori Momoi ... Empress Kojun
Shirô Sano ... The chamberlain
Shinmei Tsuji Shinmei Tsuji ... Old servant
Taijirô Tamura Taijirô Tamura ... Scientist
Georgiy Pitskhelauri Georgiy Pitskhelauri ... McArthur's warrant officer
Hiroya Morita Hiroya Morita ... Suzuki, Prime Minister
Toshiaki Nishizawa Toshiaki Nishizawa ... Yonai, Minister of the Navy
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Anami - Minister of War
Yusuke Tozawa Yusuke Tozawa ... Kido
Kôjirô Kusanagi Kôjirô Kusanagi ... Togo, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Tetsuro Tsuno Tetsuro Tsuno ... General Umezu
Rokuro Abe Rokuro Abe ... General Toyoda
Jun Haichi Jun Haichi ... Abe, Minister of the Interior
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Russia | Italy | Switzerland | France

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

18 November 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El sol See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,588, 20 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$76,357, 11 April 2010
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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.
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Connections

Follows Taurus (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

4th & 5th movements from UNACCOMPANIED CELLO SUITE NO.5 C-MINOR, BWV. 1011
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Mstislav Rostropovich
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This is a very minimalistic effort. A movie where it seems nothing much happens and which moves along so slow, even snails would be annoyed. So if go into the movie expecting something fast, with fancy camera work (it's great camera work and the set/costume design is superb), where the camera brings in an action level, you'd be mistaken.

But what you do get, is a wonderfully crafted story, with exceptional acting. And while this is a Russian movie, it plays in Japan and has Japanese values written all over it. While it could be described as boring, I really liked every little bit of it. The stillness and ambiguity, the main character "fighting" to maintain a status. The cruel treatment he seems to be getting by some and of course the clash of the cultures. Subtle, sublime and very well done.


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