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Author: Aleksandr Sokurov; Yuri Arabov
Publisher: [London] : Artificial Eye, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : PAL color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As Japan nears defeat at the end of World War II, Emperor Hirohito starts his day in a bunker underneath the Imperial Palace in Toyko. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Feature films
Historical films
Named Person: Hirohito, Emperor of Japan; Hirohito, emperor of Japan; Hirohito, Emperor of Japan
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Aleksandr Sokurov; Yuri Arabov
OCLC Number: 65188848
Language Note: In English and Japanese with some English subtitles.
Notes: Original motion picture release, 2005.
Credits: Written by Yuri Arabov.
Cast: Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi, Shirô Sano, Taijiro Tamura, Georgi Pitskhelauri, Toshiaki Nishizawa, Naomasa Musaka, Kojiro Kusanagi, Kojun Ito, Tôru Shinagawa.
Description: 1 videodisc video (PAL region 2) (106 min.) : sound, color
Other Titles: Solntse
Responsibility: [directed by Alexander Sokurov].

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As Japan nears defeat at the end of World War II, Emperor Hirohito starts his day in a bunker underneath the Imperial Palace in Toyko. 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. -- IMDB.

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