The Man Who Stole the Sun

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A high-school teacher (Bunta Sugawara) builds an atomic bomb to hold Tokyo hostage, then cannot decide what he wants.

Cast & Crew

Bunta Sugawara
Inspector Yamashita
Kenji Sawada
Makoto Kido
Kei Satô
Dr. Ichikawa
Kei Ijichi
Producer
Mataichirô Yamamoto
Producer
Takayuki Inoue
Original Music
Tatsuo Suzuki
Cinematographer
Akira Suzuki
Film Editor
Yoshinaga Yokoo
Production Design
Tomoyuki Maruo
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Critic Reviews for Taiyo o nusunda otoko (The Man Who Stole the Sun)

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  • Jul 31, 2015
    By day, Makoto ' Bubblegum' Kido(Kenji Sawada) is a mild-mannered high school science teacher. By night, he steals a gun which he then uses to steal plutonium from a nuclear power plant. His plans get interrupted when a World War II veteran(Yunosuke Ito) hijacks the full school bus he was trying to sleep on. Thankfully, Makato and Inspector Yamashita(Bunta Sugawara) are able to subdue the hijacker, allowing Makato to return to his plans. You must forgive "The Man who Stole the Sun" for being a little on the long side, for it has a lot of territory to cover. Among the issues that it explores that are important to Japan when this was made in 1979 and no less relevant today are standardized testing, baseball games being interrupted on television(apparently Japan has never had its Heidi Bowl), nuclear weapon proliferation, nuclear power in general, the lack of decent rock music, treatment of war veterans, and the general stagnation of society. This is nowhere near as dry as it sounds, as the movie handles such difficult topics in a frenetic and suspenseful fashion that is also deliberately over the top at times. All of which is in the service of also showing how heroes can also be villains and vice versa.
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