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.
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