Emperor

JAPAN, 1945: GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR WAS GIVEN A MISSION TO DECIDE THE FATE OF A NATION, THE GUILT OF A LEADER, AND THE TRUE PRICE OF PEACE.

emperorIn 1945, U.S. Brigadier General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) is assigned the task of investigating whether the Emperor of Japan should face war crimes charges. A drama that gives us a look at life in Japan during the early stage of the American postwar occupation and the problems of rebuilding the country. Tommy Lee Jones dominates his scenes as the larger-than-life General MacArthur, but focus lies on Fox and the romance he had with a Japanese woman before the war. That attempt to personalize the story drags the whole movie down, deflecting from the interesting historical context.

2013-U.S. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Peter Webber. Book: Shiro Okamoto (“His Majesty’s Salvation”). Cast: Matthew Fox (Bonner Fellers), Tommy Lee Jones (Douglas MacArthur), Eriko Hatsune (Aya Shimada), Masayoshi Haneda, Toshiyuki Nishida, Colin Moy.

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