Emperor (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History  |  27 July 2013 (Japan)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
Masatoshi Nakamura ...
Masatô Ibu ...
Takatarô Kataoka ...
Lt Col. Rogers
Nic Sampson ...
Lieutenant Red
Shôhei Hino ...
CIC Commander


A story of love and understanding set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. On the staff of General Douglas MacArthur (Jones), the de facto ruler of Japan as Supreme Commander of the occupying forces, a leading Japanese expert, General Bonner Fellers (Fox) is charged with reaching a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal? Interwoven is the story of Fellers' love affair with Aya, a Japanese exchange student he had met years previously in the U.S. 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. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Japan 1945: General Douglas MacArthur was given a mission to decide the fate of a nation, the guilt of a leader, and the true price of peace.


Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical) | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 July 2013 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Imperador  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,014,134 (USA) (8 March 2013)


$3,345,315 (USA) (7 June 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The US troops seen in the film are from the 11th Airborne Division, and from the 1st Cavalry Division. These divisions were indeed the first U.S. Army units in Tokyo and their appearance is entirely correct. See more »


At the end of the film, a summary of the main characters states that General Fellers was demoted to Colonel by Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower in fact had nothing to do with Fellers's reduction in rank - this was an administrative reduction at the end of World War II when over 200 Brigadier Generals holding temporary rank were reduced to the permanent rank of Colonel. The reduction was not punitive, nor unexpected, and quite normal for the demobilization procedures of the time. See more »


General Bonner Fellers: [Narrating, while his Army transport plane approaches Tokyo] Japan has surrendered, brought to its knees by the most terrible weapon ever devised: the atomic bomb. The country is a smoking ruin. Despite this, their ruler, Emperor Hirohito, is still worshipped by his people as a living god. We have placed this "Sacred Son of Heaven" on the protected list - until we decide what to do with him... I fear the Japan I fell in love with will be scarred beyond recognition. I'm seeing aerial ...
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Very Good Movie
14 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

This movie provides a very good depiction of a historically significant event that is all but ignored in movies and text. Seamless transitions between history and entertainment, the cast of this movie (especially the Japanese ones) expertly capture the complexity of what is the Japanese culture and psyche during post WWII reconstruction. Tommy Lee Jones also does an amazing portrayal of MacArthur in copying his mannerisms and affect.

This is a movie for people who appreciate historical context, attention to detail, and subtle references packaged with solid, proportioned acting.

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