Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Cinema of Alexander SokurovFigures of Paradox$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jeremi Szaniawski

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167352

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167352.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022

The Sun

The Sun

Iconoclastic Humanism

Chapter:
(p.218) Chapter Thirteen The Sun
Source:
The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov
Author(s):

Jeremi Szaniawski

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167352.003.0014

This chapter reviews The Sun (2005). The Sun, Sokurov's third instalment in the tetralogy of power, focuses on the crucial hours preceding the abdication of Japan in World War II and Emperor Hirohito's relinquishing of his divine status. The emperor is confronted by General Douglas MacArthur, who is to decide whether to have the emperor hanged or not. While the outcome of this encounter is well-known, Sokurov sheds new light on the two men's interaction and its consequences. The Sun is somewhat surprising and unexpected to the Sokurov fan in the sense that, while inscribing itself within the tetralogy of power, it manages to break with a certain tendency in Sokurov to portray madness and alienation. While the film avoids any kind of glorification or vilification of its subject, Sokurov pays homage to Hirohito by showing him as more fallible and more humane than he might ever have been.

Keywords:   The Sun, power, Japan, World War II, Emperor Hirohito, Douglas MacArthur, madness, alienation

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .