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As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

Starring:
Vera Blasi, Colin Moy
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Vera Blasi, Colin Moy, Toshiyuki Nishida, David Klass, Kaori Momoi, Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones
Director Peter Webber
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 25 April 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Anything with Tommy Lee Jones in it is worth watching nowadays and this is no exception. Its the end of the Second World War and General McArthur arrives in Tokyo with a mission to rebuild Japan but at the same time he is tasked by the President to punish those responsible for the war. He is given ten days to determine whether Emperor Hirohito is one of them.
He in turn tasks his Japanese 'expert' Brigadier General Bonner Fuller with the job. Fuller has a personal agenda too, finding the Japanese exchange student with whom he fell in love before the war.
At nearly two hours this is quite a long film and it is not an action movie but it never lost my attention. Much attention is paid to detail and the film looks beautiful.
This is a thoughtful and intelligent story of the events that paved the path for modern Japan when so much was in the balance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Despite an impressive recreation of a devastated Japan in the wake of the Allied victory, Emperor is one of those films that should be a lot better but feels like it’s had most of the life sapped out of it in the development process to avoid offending anyone. The material promises much drama and intrigue as Tommy Lee Jones’ General Macarthur assigns Matthew Fox’s Japanese expert to decide whether or not to try Emperor Hirohito for war crimes, but his efforts to establish whether he was responsible for the war or could have averted it are rendered rather mundane despite the inherent tension in the situation. While special effects and production design create a convincingly scarred landscape, we have to be told by Fox’s voice over narration that this is a country that could descend into chaos, disorder and revolution and that the Emperor’s execution could provide the spark because the film never manages to convey that mood. There’s surprisingly little weight or genuine unease to the film as it solemnly wanders through the ruins between polite conversations. It’s not helped by Fox’s flashbacks to before the war and his relationship with a Japanese girl he met at college (where he was evidently a very mature student): while these do eventually shed some light on the Japanese mindset in the run up to the war, there’s no real passion here, leaving the relationship feeling like a plot device.

Jones gives good MacArthur, getting the voice right without descending into a W.C. Fields impersonation, but despite dominating the poster he’s barely in the film.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 20 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
During the initial occupation of Japan, Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones)is assigned the task of determining if the Emperor of Japan is guilty of war crimes and should hang. He assigns the investigation to General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox). In addition to gathering evidence, Fellers also searches for a lost love, a Japanese woman (Eriko Hatsune) he met back in 1932.

The film uses flashbacks to also give us an historical background. Tommy Lee Jones gives us a saucy speaking likeable MacArthur and not the disliked "Dugout Doug." It was an interesting look into the decision making of the era, for many people, even now, question the decision to save the Emperor. The film is enjoyable as a slow moving historical drama. It includes about a two minute Chomsky style lecture/view on world history. A film to appeal to the intellectual in us, not those who crave action.

Parental Guide: 1 f-bomb by Tommy Lee Jones early in the film. No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After 'Hiroshima' and 'Nagasaki' August 1945, 'Emperor Hirohito' surrenders.
'General Douglas MacArthur' leads the post-war occupation force with the
task of rebuilding 'Japan'
His orders also include bringing both politicians and military responsible for
the war and atrocities to book, the order also includes proving the 'Emperor'
to be responsible.
The Supreme Commander General MacArthur' instructs 'General Bonner Fellers'
to collect the evidence and investigate the 'Emperor' to see if sufficient grounds
can be found to effect charges against him.
'Bonner Fellers' had been chosen to lead the investigation because of his Knowledge
of 'Japan'
'Bonner' prior to the outbreak of war had romantic links with 'Aya' , now he's back
in 'Japan' he try's to determine whether she'd survived.
The film is based on real-events that took place after the 'Japanese' surrender.
An absorbing and well portrayed account of the investigations into war-crimes after
the surrender.
Good picture and sound quality on the HD format.
(wonder how many allied personnel would have been investigated had the outcome
been reversed.....just a thought.)
Personally, as much as I like this type of drama, war itself is a criminal occurrence in
my view.
Well worth a viewing if you have interest in historical drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP on 29 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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Based on the book "His Majesty's Salvation", Emperor is a compelling post-war account of Douglas McCarthur's (Tommy Lee Jones) investigation into whether Emperor Hirohito instigated the war or not. Leading the investigation is Gral. Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) who also at the same time seeks an ex-lover (Eriko Hatsune) who may have been killed in an air raid.

The film often looks and feels like an average TV movie, particularly with some insipid dialogue made worse by a frustratingly slippery grasp of what makes the Japanese mind tick, but the story itself presents fascinating subject matter and does lead to two strong emotional payoffs: Feller's love story resolution, and McCarthur's final face-to-face meeting with emperor Hirohito (Takataro Kataoka).
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