The Man Who Stole the Sun [1979]: A Singular & Highly Ambitious Black Comedy

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Political activist Kazuhiko Hasegawa directed only two movies, The Man Who Stole the Sun being his second and last. It was said that his mother was pregnant with him and living in Hiroshima when the atom bomb was dropped there. Screenwriter Leonard Schrader lived in Japan for many years. He has also collaborated with his brother Paul Schrader on the scripts of Blue Collar (1978) and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985). Moreover, many critics draw comparisons with the nihilistic tendencies of Paul’s iconic creation Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver) and the central character of The Man Who Stole the Sun.

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