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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... See more »


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Emperor Shouwa-Tennou Hirohito
General Douglas MacArthur
Empress Kojun
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 ...
Anami - Minister of War
Yusuke Tozawa ...
Kôjirô Kusanagi ...
Togo, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Tetsuro Tsuno ...
General Umezu
Rokuro Abe ...
General Toyoda
Jun Haichi ...
Abe, Minister of the Interior
Kôjun Itô ...
Tôru Shinagawa ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vyacheslav Ivanov
Fyodor Selkin

Directed by

Aleksandr Sokurov

Written by

Yuriy Arabov ... ()
Jeremy Noble ... ()

Produced by

Alfonso Cucci ... line producer: Italy
Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre ... co-producer
Evgeniy Grigorev ... executive producer
Igor Kalyonov ... producer
Marco Mueller ... producer
Viviana Queirolo-Bertoglio ... associate producer
Alexander Rodnyansky ... co-producer (as Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy)
Andrey Sigle ... producer
Andrei Zertsalov ... co-producer

Music by

Andrey Sigle

Cinematography by

Aleksandr Sokurov

Film Editing by

Sergey Ivanov

Production Design by

Elena Zhukova

Costume Design by

Lidiya Kryukova ... (as Lidia Krukova)
Rossella Procaccini ... (Italy)

Makeup Department

Svetlana Kholod ... makeup artist
Zhanna Rodionova ... makeup designer

Art Department

Ekaterina Omakhanova ... property master

Sound Department

Makar Akhpashev ... boom operator
Edgar Figner ... foley artist
Sergey Figner ... foley artist
Dima Grigoriev ... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer
Sergey Moshkov ... sound

Visual Effects by

Nikolay Goryaev ... digital effects artist
Alexey Gusev ... visual effects supervisor (as Aleksey Gusev)
Nikolay Suslov ... visual effects producer
Ushan ... digital effects artist
Andrey Zhidkov ... digital effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department

Aleksandr Mazur ... assistant camera
Anatoliy Rodionov ... camera operator
Evgueni Taran ... still photographer

Transportation Department

Oleg Borisov ... driver
A. Gutnichenko ... driver
Dmitriy Orlov ... driver
Mikhail Petrov ... driver
Yury Volochay ... driver

Other crew

Yelena Aksyonova ... production accountant
Anna Alexeeva ... interpreter
Daniil Goroshko ... legal advisor
Anna Gracheva ... production accountant
Giulia Grassilli ... interpreter
Nora Hoppe ... interpreter
Geraldine Jourdan ... international production coordinator
Maxim Klikov ... interpreter
Dmitry Kopich ... legal advisor
Gilena Milova ... interpreter
Cristina Onofri ... production accountant
Igor Pavlov ... interpreter
Roberto Pini ... production accountant
Diana Rulli ... legal advisor
Francesca Zerbetto ... production accountant
Irina Zoeva-Nossova ... interpreter

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Plot Summary

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 of the victorious occupying forces. Underlying all the conversation that follows is the question of Hirohito's future, either as Emperor or a war criminal. The two very different men strangely bond after sharing dinner and Havana cigars, and Hirohito leaves, renounces his divine nature, and is re-united with his family in the palace to face a new life to help re-build his war-ravaged country as a constitutional monarch. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Also Known As
  • Солнце (Russia)
  • Il sole (Italy)
  • Le soleil (France)
  • The Sun (World-wide, English title)
  • Die Sonne (Germany)
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  • 110 min
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Did You Know?

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 had been two attempts on his life after he criticized Imperial Japan during WWII. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Voice of Sokurov (2014). See more »
Soundtracks from DIE GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG 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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