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Emperor [Blu-ray] (2012)

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,095 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,095 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on true events inspired by General Douglas MacArthur's (Tommy Lee Jones) days in post- WWII Japan. Detailed Synopsis: A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, inspired by true events and starring Matthew Fox and Academy Awardr-winner Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur. Immediately after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender, General MacArthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation. He challenges his expert on Japanese culture - General Fellers (Fox) - to provide evidence in 10 short days to decide if the Japanese Emperor, worshipped as a god by his people but accused of war crimes, should be punished or saved. The fate of a nation awaits...

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191 of 201 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical war drama May 31, 2013
"Emperor" (2013 release; 98 min.) brings the true story of how General/Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces MacArthur (played here by Tommy Lee Jones) was sent to Japan following Japan's surrender to end WWII, to assess which top ranking officials from Japan, including possibly Emperor Hirohito, should be brought to justice and stand trial. MacArthur enlistens the help of General Fellers (played by Matthew Fox) for the actual investigations, focusing on the Emperor, the Prime Minister and a few other top Ministers. The problem is that Washington demands a conclusion in only 10 days. The movie's script (based on the book 'His Majesty's Salvation' by Shiro Okamoto) intertwines the political and military aspects with a romantic involvement by Fellers with a Japanese woman whom he gets to know in the 1930s in the US, but who eventually returns to Japan without telling Fellers. Fellers is determined to find her now that he is back in Japan. Will Fellers find his former flame? Will Fellers and MacArthur conclude that the Emperor of Japan must stand trial? To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several thoughts: director Peter Webber (best known for directing "Girl With a Pearl Earring") does a nice job in bringing the necessary historical background and further perspective, so as to appreciate the task at hand for Fellers and MacArthur. Even though Tokyo was not hit by the atomic bomb, it nevertheless was severely shelled and bombed, and we get a glimpse of what that must've felt like. Tommy Lee Jones does the most with the choice role of MacArthur, including adding some much needed occasional humor. The meeting between MacArthur and the Emperor towards the movie's end is by far THE highlight of the movie.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking Historical Drama June 12, 2013
At the conclusion of the War in the Pacific ("V J Day," for those of us old enough to remember), the Allied forces had a dilemma: Should the Emperor of Japan (the Emperor of the Chrysanthemum Throne) be tried (and hung) for war crimes? Few of us gave it a moment's consideration at the time, but here is a thought-provoking drama that examines the issue.

It stars:
* Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln") as General Douglas MacArthur, tasked with reconstructing Japan, writing a constitution and restoring the economy. (Plus MacArthur really wants to run for President of the United States.) Is Jones getting all the good parts lately, or does he just make his parts seem that good?
* Matthew Fox ("Alex Cross") as General Bonner Fellers, the guy who understands that if Emperor Hirohito is hung, an insurrection will be inevitable and the war will NOT be over. Fox does great suppressed rage. Watch for it!
* Eriko Hatsune ("Norwegian Wood") as Aya, the sweetheart Fellers met in college where she was an exchange student, but now long missing in the tumult of war.

The political issues are clearly stated, the situation is engrossing, the PG-13 dialogue is realistic, and a key statement in Japanese, by a Japanese official, has very legible captions in English. I'm sure the DVD from Amazon will have everything with captions. Whew!
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4.0 out of 5 stars `To understand Japan, you must understand Devotion.' August 3, 2013
Shiro Okamoto's book `His Majesty's Salvation' has been adapted for the screen by Vera Blasi and David Klass and renamed EMPEROR. Director Peter Webber (Hannibal Rising, Girl with a Pearl Earring) keeps what might have been a patchwork quilt story tightly woven and if the movie delivers nothing else, it gives insight into the relationship between Japan and the US after the devastation of the atomic bomb and the resultant surrender of Japan. For that alone the film is well worth watching.

The setting of the film is 1945 when General MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) steps onto the shores of Japan as the Supreme Commander of the occupying forces. Assigned to rebuild Japan after the war MacArthur selects General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), a man with a history with Japan before the war, including a love affair with a Japanese student Aya Shimada (Eriko Hatsune) in America before the war: Aya returned to Japan when relations with between Japan and the US began to dissolve and Fellers followed her for a futile attempt to overcome differences between cultures and impending historic changes, to investigate whether Emperor Hirohito (Takatarô Kataoka) should be tried and hanged as a war criminal. Memories of Aya and his quest to find her in the ravaged post-war landscape help Fellers to discover both his wisdom and his humanity and enable him to come to the momentous decision that changed the course of history and the future of two nations.
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67 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masatoshi Nakamura June 21, 2013
I saw emperor shortly after it was released. I went to see it not only because I am interested in Japanese culture and history, but because I wanted to see the renowned Japanese actor and singer Masatoshi Nakamura in one of his rare appearances in an, American movie. He had a small part in it, but in my opinion he did a wonderful job. He had about a 5 minute speech which was quite powerful and moving. Mr. Nakamura has a long list of accomplishments and is very well known in Japan, so I am very happy that he had the opportunity to play an important role in an American movie.

Overall I think the movie was very well done. I would recommend it to anyone especially those who are interested in American and/or Japanese history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Army Movie
Very good, moved just a little slow but kept my interest. The acting was very good, story line thought provoking. I even enjoyed the short lived romance. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy and Fast shipping.
Published 1 day ago by A.D.B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie for those interested in WWII history
Excellent movie. Really gives you insight about the end of World War II and the approach that MacArthur used to assist Japan in the recovery process. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jane M. Pickens
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An interesting story, but not a Tommy Lee Jones story. Enjoyable, but slow.
Published 2 days ago by JB2
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see
A fascinating story based upon little known true facts. Good acting.
Published 2 days ago by Warren J. Schatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history with un-needed romance.
Excellent history for all ages. The romance part reminds me of a similar addendum in the movie Midway. It does little to advance the story.
Published 2 days ago by Debitum
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long
Thought it was too long, lost my interest at times
Published 2 days ago by Ola
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
George C Scott is spectacular.
Published 2 days ago by Paula K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film. Shows how great MacArthur was in trying ...
Excellent film. Shows how great MacArthur was in trying to deal with the Japanese, Washington politicians and military officers who were trying to bring others down.
Published 2 days ago by Bill G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...historically quite accurate
Very interesting and historically informative. Lot's that I didn't know or remember.
Published 2 days ago by AM
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