“The Sun” is an SF drama set in the near future depicting a world where the population has plunged due to a virus spread by bioterrorism. Some years after the resulting political and economic turmoil and destruction of the social infrastructure, we find that some of the infected people have miraculously recovered. This new breed of people, known as the Nocs (nocturnal people), cannot live in the sun but have developed an immunity and metabolism superior to humans. The process of mutation into Nocs has been analyzed, and their expanding population has become the target of oppression. Nevertheless, the conversion into Nocs becomes unstoppable among youths because the suitability for mutation is lost around the age of 30.
Forty years since their emergence, autonomous communities of Nocs are scattered throughout the archipelago that was once called Japan. They have formed a loosely connected federation.
The murder of Nocs in one village in the past led to economic sanctions from adjacent Nocs communities. The ten-year blockade has now come to an end, and trade with Nocs resumes. With the lifting of sanctions, young people in the village are offered the chance to mutate and live as Nocs but…?
The SF setting virtually anticipates the transformation and divisions of society after the pandemic. The drama is a keen examination of the nature of human life.
Premiered in 2011, this production is the 2016 revival.
Written and Directed by: MAEKAWA Tomohiro
Performers: SHIMIZU Hazuki, OHKUBO Hitoe, HAMADA Shinya, YASUI Junpei,ISE Kayo, IWAMOTO Sachiko, NAKAMURA Makoto, MORI Ryuuji, MORISHITA Sou
Music by: KAMIMURA Shuuhei
Scenographer: TOKI Kenichi
Stage Manager & Dramaturg: TANIZAWA Takumi
Stage Manager: TAKAHASHI Daisuke
Lighting Designer: MATSUMOTO Daisuke
Sound Designer: AOKI Takuhei
Costume Designer: IMAMURA Azusa
Make-up Artist: NISHIKAWA Naoko
Fight Choreographer: KURIHARA Naoki
Associate Director: OHSAWA Yuu
House Manager: YUKAWA Mugiko
Run Crew: WATANABE Asako,YAMAZAKI Maki
Light Board Operater: Ashibe Yasushi
Sound Board Operater: Suzuki Mieko
Filmed and Edited by: Yutani Shinichi
Promotional Artwork: SUZUKI Seiichi
Producer: NAKAJIMA Takahiro
Planned and Produced by: HB Inc.
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Guiyu MEI
Chinese Translation (Traditional): Muju TSAN
English Translation: Nozomi ABE
French Translation: Amira ZEGROUR
Korean Translation: hong-i Lee
Russian Translation: TARASOVA Ekaterina
Spanish Translation: Karla TOLEDO VELARDE
End date of distribution: 19/10/2023