Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) does docudrama his way with a chronicle of the momentous meeting of defeated Japanese emperor Hirohito (played actor Issei Ogata) and victorious American general Douglas MacArthur (Robert Dawson), brought together to arrange Japan’s surrender at the end of WWII. Despite his position as the sun god of his empire, Hirohito is portrayed as a shy, retiring man whose chief passion is the study of marine biology. MacArthur, on the other hand, is brusque and imperious, a man in a hurry to make history. Sokurov, with help from writers Yuri Arabov and Jeremy Noble, takes a few steps back and observes both of them with something like amused equanimity (110 min.).
Director: Alexander Sokurov
Producer: Igor Kalenov, Marco Muller and Andrei Sigle
Cast: Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi and Shirô Sano