Lorber HT Digital | Release Date: November 20, 2009
Summary: In the summer of 1945, with Tokyo under siege by American forces, Japanese Emperor Hirohito remains in seclusion from the world in an underground bunker. Held by his people as a deity, the incarnation of the Sun God, Hirohito is sheltered from the devastation that surrounds him as he is waited on hand and foot by his servants. After the razing of Tokyo and bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Hirohito finally meets with General MacArthur. And, in August, millions of Japanese citizens are stunned to hear the voice of their Emperor for the first time as he commands his people to cease all fighting. The address saves the lives of countless Japanese and Allied forces alike, but the victorious powers insist that Emperor Hirohito appear before a military tribunal for war crimes. Sokurov’s fascinating film chronicles the events leading up to Hirohito’s monumental speech, the historic renunciation of his divine status and his meetings with General MacArthur, who advises his own President not to declare the Japanese leader a war criminal. Featuring a power-house central performance by Issey Ogata, Sokurov creates an intimate human portrait of the infamous Emperor Hirohito as he faces the unraveling of his own power, and the tragedy that besets his country. (Lorber HT Digital)
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Runtime: 115 min
Production: Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Genres: Drama, History
Countries: Russia, France, Italy, Switzerland
Languages: English, Japanese
Director Credit
Aleksandr Sokurov Director
Writer Credit
Jeremy Noble Writer
Yuri Arabov Writer
Cast Credit
Georgi Pitskhelauri McArthur's Warrant Officer
Hiroya Morita Suzuki, Prime Minister
Issei Ogata Emperor Shouwa-Tennou Hirohito
Jun Haichi Abe, Minister Of The Interior
Kaori Momoi Empress Kojun
Kôjirô Kusanagi Togo, Minister Of Foreign Affairs
Naomasa Musaka Anami - Minister Of War
Robert Dawson General Douglas MacArthur
Rokuro Abe General Toyoda
Shinmei Tsuji Old Servant
Shirô Sano The Chamberlain
Taijirô Tamura Scientist
Tetsuro Tsuno General Umezu
Toshiaki Nishizawa Yonai, Minister Of The Navy
Yusuke Tozawa Kido
Producer Credit
Aleksandr Rodnyansky Co-Producer
Andrei Zertsalov Co-Producer
Andrey Sigle Producer
Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre Co-Producer
Igor Kalyonov Producer
Marco Mueller Producer
Viviana Queirolo-Bertoglio Associate Producer