The Sun is the third film in Alexander Sokurov’s tetrology about personalities and power, after Taurus and Moloch. The film centers on the fate of Japanese Emperor Hirohito after Japan’s defeat in the World War II. At the end of 1945 he disavows the “divine origin” of the emperor, who has been considered to be the descendent of the Sun God. Hirohito’s actions ended a historical tradition, and a wave of ritual suicides swept the country. The other main character in the film is the American general Douglas MacArthur, who as Supreme Commander of the Southwest Pacific Area, must decide the fate of the captured Hirohito and the entire Japanese dynasty.
White Elephant | Russian National Film Critics and Film Press Award, Russia, 2005
Grand Prix | Golden Apricot IFF, Yerevan, Armenia, 2005
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Issey Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi
Nikola Film Downtown Picture, Mact Productions
Born 1951, Podorvikha, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia. After graduating from high school in 1968 he entered Gorky University (Department of History). While a student he began working as a staff member for the Gorky television. In 1975-79 Sokurov studied in the Director's Department at the Moscow All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). His first feature film The Lonely Voice of a Man was highly appreciated by director Andrei Tarkovsky and later received a number of awards. Sokurov was employed by the Lenfilm Studio in 1980. At the same time he started working at the Leningrad Studio for Documentary Films, where he has made his documentaries. Alexander Sokurov acts very often not only as a director, but also as a screenwriter and director of photography in his projects. He has received many Russian and international awards. The European Film Academy listed Sokurov among the Best 100 directors of the world cinema. In 2005 his film Sun won Grand Prix at the Golden Apricot IFF.
The Lonely Voice of Man (1978-87), Maria (1978-88), Sonata for Hitler (1979-89), The Degraded (1980), Sonata for Viola. Dmitriy Shostakovitch (1981), And Nothing More (1982-87), Painful Indifference (1983-87), Evening Sacrifice (1984-87), Patience Labour (1985-87), Elegy (1986), Empire (1986), Moscow Elegy (1986-88), Days of Eclipse (1988), Save and Protect (1989), Soviet Elegy (1989), Petersburg Elegy (1990), To the Events in Transcaucasia. Newsreel No. 5, Special Issue (1990), A Simple Elegy (1990), The Second Circle (1990), Elegy from Russia (1992), A Retrospection of Leningrad (1957–1990) (2009), An Example of Intonation (1991), Stone (1992), Whispering Pages (1993), Soldier's Dream (1995). Spiritual Voices (1995), Mother and Son (1996), Oriental Elegy (1996), Hubert Robert. A Fortunate Life (1996), A Humble Life (1997), The St. Petersburg Diary. Inauguration of a Monument to Dostoevsky (1997), The St. Petersburg Diary. Kosintsev's Flat (1997), Confession (1998), The Dialogues with Solzhenitsyn (1998), dolce… (1999), Moloch (1999), Taurus (2000), Elegy of a Voyage (2001), Russian Ark (2002), Father and Son (2003), The Sun (2004), The St. Petersburg Diary Mozart. Requiem (2005), Elegy of Life (2006), Alexandra (2007), Reading Book of Blockade (2009), Intonation (2009), Faust (2011).