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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:
Matthew Fox, David Klass
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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

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Format: Blu-ray
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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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER 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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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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I nearly gave it four stars, but in the end went for three stars. It's OK. The potential was definitely there to make a great film. It is about whether or not to try Emperor Hirohito for war crimes, and, for what it is worth, I think that General MacArthur's decision not to try him was the correct one. Wars will always happen, and this one was going to happen whoever gave the order to start it. The real question that should have been asked, in my opinion, is not whether he countersigned the order for Pearl Harbor, (he almost certainly did), but whether Hirohito was directly responsible for the atrocities committed by Japanese troops, (almost certainly not). Was the superficiality of the arguments and the investigation why this film failed? Probably not.

Interwoven with that is a love story sub-plot. Personally, I suspect that the love story sub-plot was the reason why this film failed to gel. The love story sub-plot as presented in the film raised a lot of questions that simply weren't answered.
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