It’s lonely at the top.
I guess that’s the point of ‘The Sun’, a dramatization of the Japanese Emperor’s surrender to American forces at the end of World War II. Nary a word is spoken for the first few minutes of the film, as the Emperor’s breakfast is silently presented to him. When the Emperor finally does speak he doesn’t make any sense.
After wandering aimlessly around his bunker for what seems like hours, the Americans finally show up—thank god! But hearing the first words of this movie in English made me realize that the acting was horrendous, and made me suspicious of the subtitled Japanese actors too. The guy who plays the Emperor did a convincing impression, but there was nothing much in the script for him to really do.
Apologies to the makers of ‘The Sun’, but in the cinematic battle of the last days of defeated Axis overlords, ‘Der Untergang’ wins hands-down.
A quick scooter-ride brought me to the other end of town for ‘We Feed the World’. The perfect companion to last night’s ‘China Blue’, ‘We Feed the World’ documents the industrialization of the European Union’s food industry, at the expense of starving nations. Anyone who pooh-poohs day-old bread will surely reconsider when they see the image of a dump-truck full of it being unloaded in a warehouse for destruction. This comes right after an interview with a wheat farmer, who tells us that his crops are so undervalued that he’s had to increase his acreage by six times to maintain the same standard of living for his family that his father did. So if you need one less reason to eat Wonder Bread now you’ve got it!
Film quote of the day:
“Anyone on this planet who dies of starvation is murdered. It’s as simple as that”
… An expert opinion in ‘We Feed the World’.
Most convincing reason to eat Halaal meat:
Seeing baby chicks dumped onto an assembly line in the same film.