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Emperor 2013 PG-13 CC

(1,835) IMDb 6.5/10
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Matthew Fox and Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones (as General Douglas MacArthur) star in this epic tale.

Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Peter Webber
Starring Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones
Supporting actors Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida, Masayoshi Haneda, Kaori Momoi, Colin Moy, Masatoshi Nakamura, Masatô Ibu, Isao Natsuyagi, Takatarô Kataoka, Aaron Jackson, Nic Sampson, Shôhei Hino, Will Wallace, Kelson Henderson, Stephen Papps, Shingo Usami, Takanori Higuchi, Ingrid Park
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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213 of 226 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2013
Format: DVD
"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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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Jay B. Lane TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 12, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2013
Format: DVD
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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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful By J. DeMeo on November 27, 2013
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Fairly accurate discussion of the period surrounding the Japanese surrender, and the events leading into it. Some felt Hirohito should have been hung, and their arguments are reasonable and valid. Japan never confronted its atrocities during WW2 as did the German people confronted theirs under Hitler, and most young Japanese have no idea of the wretched butchery Japan committed - which has political consequences today as no Japanese leader has truly apologized for what they did in China, for example, leaving the Chinese with constant fury over Japanese behavior against their ancestors (forget for a moment Mao Zedongs' even worse atrocities, as the average Chinese has no idea about that either). The film has a Japanese giving a lecture to an embarrassed American on world history, as if America was "Just as bad" by fully false moral equivalence, as a set up to discuss the atom bombing of Hiroshima and fire-bombing of Tokyo etc., but not a peep about the rapine torture and massacre of 350,000 mostly unarmed Chinese civilians in Nanking by Japanese using Samauri swords and bayonettes, nor the use of Black Plague germ warfare on Chinese regions by Japan as they were withdrawing from, which took another quarter-million lives. Nor the bombing of Manila and brutal rape-slavery of Philippino and Korean women, men being labor slaves or just killed... etc., etc. Or the fanatical savagery of Japanese troops on their captured islands, where surrender was forbidden by Shinto warrior codes, and thereby they abused and tortured surrendered British, Americans and Australians without restraint.Read more ›
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