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100 1  Sokurov., Alexander 
245 10 The Sun, Artificial Eye /|cAlexander Sokurov.. 
260    |bArtificial eye|c2005 
300    106mins 
520    As Japan nears defeat at the end of World War II, Emperor 
       Hirohito starts his day in a bunker underneath the 
       Imperial Palace in Toyko. A servant reads to him a list of
       activities for the day, including a meeting with his 
       ministers, marine biology research, and writing his son. 
       Hirohito muses about the impact on such schedules when the
       Americans arrive but is told that as long as there is a 
       solitary Japanese person living, the Americans will not 
       reach The Emperor. Hirohito replies that he at times feels
       like he himself will be the last Japanese person left 
       alive. The servant reminds him that he is a deity, not a 
       person, but Hirohito points out that he has a body just 
       like any other man. He later reflects on the causes of the
       war when dictating observations about a hermit crab, and 
       then about the peace to come when composing a letter to 
       his son. Soon enough General Douglas MacArthur's personal 
       car is sent to bring him through the ruins of Tokyo for a 
       meeting with the supreme commander of the victorious 
       occupying forces. Underlying all the conversation that 
       follows is the question of Hirohito's future, either as 
       Emperor or a war criminal. The two very different men 
       strangely bond after sharing dinner and Havana cigars, and
       Hirohito leaves, renounces his divine nature, and is re-
       united with his family in the palace to face a new life to
       help re-build his war-ravaged country as a constitutional 
       monarch. Format: videos and DVDs. 
650 04 Feature film or programme about cinema/films 
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