The Sun (Solntse)

Rated NR 115 minutes 2009

On 15 August 1945, millions of Japanese hear the voice of Japanese Emperor Hirohito for the first time. In his address to the nation, he commands his army and his people to cease all fighting. This announcement enables the Allies to land on Japan's islands without encountering any form of resistance. With his appeal, the Emperor saves the lives of millions of Japanese who were prepared to fight to the death for their emperor and their country. It also saves the lives of thousands of Americans and Chinese, Britons and Russians. In spite of this act, the victorious powers insist that the Emperor appear before a military tribunal.

Film Credits

Director: Alexander Sokurov

Producer: Igor Kalenov, Marco Muller and Andrei Sigle

Cast: Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi and Shirô Sano

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