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The Sun (2005) October 1, 2005

Posted by ayasawada in Film.
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Aleksandr Sokurov’s tetrology on leaders and dictators rounds off with this film about Japanese Emperor Hirohito and his surrender of Japan at the end of the Second World War. It’s an extremely slow-moving portrayal, almost fly-on-the-wall at times, showing the monotony and constrictedness of the Emperor’s life as he makes the historic decision to renounce his divine status. Despite the slow pace, The Sun never seems boring and saves itself somewhat in the middle, the appearance of General MacArthur injecting an element of uncertainty just as things seem to lose momentum. The film is beautifully shot in washed-out colours, lending it a nostalgic feel and Issei Ogata is absolutely extraordinary as the Emperor. I was even more impressed when my Japanese friend pointed out that he was really like that in real life: every mannerism, every posture. It is the kind of film one experiences for educational value rather than entertainment, but one that occupies that important space between documentary and movie.

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1. Sam Fisher - October 4, 2005

Just watched Kung Fu Hustle, and loved it. I expect that means I have no class.

2. Aya_s - October 5, 2005

It means you have a lot of class and, more importantly, a sense of humour! See the Kung Fu Hustle review earlier on in the blog.

3. Sam Fisher - October 7, 2005

I’ve got Chungking Express on netflix for this weekend. Just so you know your credibility as a reviewer relies on the quality of this movie.


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