Solntse (The Sun)
Solntse (The Sun) (2005)

The events surrounding Japanese emperor Hirohito's August 1945 call for a complete cease fire among his troops serves as the subject of Alexander Sokurov's thought-provoking historical drama. In the aftermath of Hiroshima and… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Certainly not for the impatient, Aleksandr Sokurov's deliberately paced look at Hirohito in the waning days of World War II is both enlightening and admirable in its restraint.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Working from Yuri Arabov and Jeremy Noble's script, Sokurov has a wonderful time not simply with Hirohito and history, but with his filmmaking, which can be oblique to the point of being stultifying. Here he plays with scale.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

First shown at the Berlin Film Festival four years ago, The Sun is finally receiving its welcome American theatrical release, which means that one of the best movies of 2005 is now also one of the best of 2009.

Sean Axmaker

... not a conventional biographical portrait by any definition, but rather a reflection in the inner life of the Emperor, a man who was considered a god by his people and treated as such.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Alexander Sokurov's The Sun demands and rewards patience.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Though he successfully humanizes Hirohito, who is shown happily shedding his divinity, Sokurov doesn't entirely exonerate him.

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Janos Gereben
San Francisco Examiner

Alexander Sokurov's "The Sun," arriving in the U.S. five years after its release in Europe, is a stunning film, fascinating to some, probably sleep-inducing to others.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

The Sun took four years to reach American theaters, but the long delay hasn't diminished the force of Sokurov's experimentation.

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Leslie Felperin

As usual, Sokurov's unhurried pacing will test the patience of more fidgety viewers, although the script is more accessible than some of his recent efforts.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Those with the patience to stick with Sokurov's stately pacing will find an engrossing character study in "The Sun," that of a very odd, polite man who also happened to lead a nation at war during World War II.

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"The Sun" is a surprisingly lightweight movie, considering its setting at the end of World War II. The tone is deeply ironic, wondering how Emperor… More