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★★☆☆☆ World wars and their subsequent fallout are topics cinema loves revisiting. Directed by Peter Webber and set in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, Emperor (2012) centres on the efforts of military intelligence head Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) - under orders from General MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) - to investigate Emperor Hirohito's (Takatarô Kataoka) culpability for Japan's war crimes. Although he has a strict ten-day deadline to adhere to, Fellers' focus is distracted by memories of his past romance with Japanese exchange student Aya Shimada (Eriko Hatsune), whose whereabouts are unknown.

It's a beautifully shot picture; post-war, Tokyo has been reduced to a barren wasteland, the emperor's palace the only building of opulence that remains. Contrastingly, when we glimpse Japan through Fellers' flashbacks, Webber showcases the country's beauty. This, as well as the strict adherence to the native language and culture (the differing ideas of honour theme is prevalent »

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