The Sun (太陽)
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The Sun (太陽)
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© 2016 “Taiyo” Film Partners

Change and survival in dystopia

In a post-apocalyptic world, surviving humans are divided into two: the genetically superior Nox, who live in the darkness, and the weaker Curio, who remain unevolved. The Nox have superseded Curios in every aspect of society, despite their weakness to sunlight. They live technologically advanced lives within gated settlements, while the Curio make do in open country villages.

Yuu and Tetsuhiko are teenagers living in a Curio village. While Tetsuhiko is sick of the sub-par conditions and desperately wants to become a Nox, Yuu wants nothing to do with them. Both, however, desire a change – for themselves and their village.

Yu Irie directs a talented cast led by Ryunosuke Kamiki (As the Gods Will, BAKUMAN) in this quietly riveting, suspenseful drama about humanity at the brink of desperation. Challenging to watch at times, The Sun is not afraid to explore the tensions and inhibitions of a society at breaking point.

Year: 2016
Length: 130 mins
Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult
Audience warning: This film contains violence.

In Japanese with English subtitles.


  • Director
    Yu Irie/
  • Producer
    Tatsurou Hatanaka/
  • Screenplay
    Yu Irie/ Tomohiro Maekawa/
  • Original Story
    Tomohiro Maekawa/
  • Music
    Masahiro Hiramoto/
  • Cast
    Ryunosuke Kamiki/ Mugi Kadowaki/ Yuki Furukawa/ Toshiki Ayata/ Koki Mizuta/

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