English director Danny Boyle´s new film is a sci-fi thriller named SUNSHINE, produced by Andrew Macdonald from an original screenplay written by Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later).
The film has three big asian stars, japanese Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai), chinese Benedict Wong (Dirty Pretty Things), and malaysian Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), besides Rose Byrne (Troy), Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four), Troy Garity (After the Sunset), and the always great Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins).
“The film has an American/Asian crew because we felt that in 50 years time the Chinese and American space programs would be the most developed and that they would have the economic power to bankroll such an endeavor,” says Boyle.
”All begins 50 years from now, when the Sun is dying. Without the needed sunlight, the mankind is freezing to death. An international mission is sent into space to deliver a bomb to (try) reignite the Sun. A team of eight astronauts/scientists lead this mission. On their journey towards the Sun the crew stumble upon the ship that was sent on the same mission seven years previously, the Icarus I, drifting in space. From this point on things start to go very wrong and it’s about how the crew react under the enormous pressure of their endeavor to save mankind.”
The movie has a very realistic design, besides the scientific approach on the subject (there was a lot of research about the NASA projects, etc). The fictional part of the sci-fi is the Sun´s death within our lifetime, but the possibility of man’s extinction is not so hard to imagine this days, with global warming, wars, epidemic deseases, etc.
Sunshine is about the psychological journey of this group of cosmonauts, but in fact represents the faith of all humanity.
It´s depressing, but anyone doubt that our destiny in this universe can be really dark? And I´m not talking about alien invasion...
Don´t wanting to spoil the end, I don´t think this wonderful film will be considered a classic (maybe it wasn´t the intention anyway), but will stay in the memorie of the fans of the good sci-fi genre. And thanks to Danny Boyle! He didn´t corrupt another Philip K. Dick novel.
Born Hiroyuki Shimosawa (Tokyo, October 12, 1960).
As a teenager learned martial arts at Sonny Chiba’s Japan Action Club, besides music and tradicional dance. Graduated from Horikoshi Gakuen High School.
His movie debut was in Chiba´s Yagyu Ichizoku no Inbo, which made him into action star in samurai and ninja movies in the 70’s and 80’s.
Graduates from Nihon University of Art, majoring in Film (1982).
Stars another Sonny Chiba´s action film, Shogun’s Ninja. His career take a change with dramatic roles, like Dotonborigawa , Mahjong Horoki; and in several Hong Kong productions, as Royal Warriors with Michelle Yeoh.
Experiments with the rock singer life. In 2000, the Royal Shakespeare Company cast him as “The Fool” in King Lear, alongside the great Sir. Nigel Hawthorne, and the recognition cames with the Member of the British Empire title.
Best actor at 2002 Japan Academy Awards (The Twilight Samurai). Became known worldwide with important roles in films The Last Samurai, The White Countess, The Promise (China), Ringu (Japan). Will star in Rush Hour 3, with Jackie Chan.
- “He gives this extraordinary and majestic performance. When I met him I felt he had that kind of natural authority that makes people respect him automatically, which was crucial for the character.” Sunshine´s director Danny Boyle.