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Shizumanu Taiyō

Shizumanu Taiyō
Directed by Setsurō Wakamatsu
Produced by Taiichi Inoue
Written by Takuya Nishioka
Starring Ken Watanabe
Tomokazu Miura
Music by Norihito Sumitomo
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • October 24, 2009 (2009-10-24)
Running time 202 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget 2.8 billion yen

Shizumanu Taiyō (沈まぬ太陽) (lit. The Never-setting Sun) is a 2009 Japanese film directed by Setsurō Wakamatsu. It is also known as The Unbroken in the United States.

Shizumanu Taiyō is based on a novel by Toyoko Yamasaki which centers on Hajime Onchi, an employee of "NAL," a large national airline. The first part of the novel focuses on Onchi's activity as the chairman of the employees' union in the 1960s; his reward for fighting for better working conditions for the staff is a series of postings abroad, to Pakistan, Iran, and finally Kenya, a destination to which the company does not even fly. The second and third parts of the novel take place in 1985 and chronicle the crash of a jumbo jet and its aftermath within the company.

The events portrayed in the story are based upon actual events that took place at Japan Airlines Flight 123 (up to having the same flight number and taking place at the same location, date and time). Several politicians and JAL executives portrayed in the story are also based on real-world counterparts. JAL objected strongly to both the novel and the film, stating that they were defamatory to the airline and disrespected the victims of the actual Flight 123. The novel claims to be a work based upon real-life events, while the film claims to be entirely a work of fiction.

The cast of the film includes Ken Watanabe as Onchi, with Kōji Ishizaka, Kyōko Suzuki, Yasuko Matsuyuki and Tomokazu Miura in supporting roles. The violininst Diana Yukawa, whose father died in the real-world crash of JAL Flight 123, was involved in the music for the film.

The premiere was on 24 October 2009 in Ginza. Yukawa performed "Little Prayer", the track she recorded for the film.

Contents

  • Awards and nominations 1
  • Cast 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Awards and nominations

34th Hochi Film Award[1]

33rd Japan Academy Prize[2]

  • Won: Best Film
  • Won: Best Actor - Ken Watanabe

Cast

References

  1. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  2. ^ 日本アカデミー賞概要 (in Japanese). Japanese Academy Prize. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 

External links

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