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
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.
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Rated PG-13 for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical)
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27 July 2013 (Japan)
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Opening Weekend USA: $1,014,099,
10 March 2013, Limited Release
Gross USA: $3,345,315, 9 June 2013
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $3,346,265, 13 September 2013
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Aya Shimada is based on a woman, Yuri Watanabe, Fellers met at Earlham college in 1915. Fellers and Watanabe were lifelong friends until her death in June 1954. See more
When General Fellers arrives at the Dai Ichi the first time, and gets out of the jeep, the badge on his hat is straight. As he is coming up the steps it is crooked, tilted towards his left. When he stops and turns around to look at the Imperial Palace across the street it is straight again. See more
[describing the Supreme Council meeting the on midnight of August 9th, 1945
The Emperor, who was quietly listening, began to speak, "I trust the Allies," he said. "I want to accept their terms. I wish you all to agree with me." The War Minister Anami begged the Emperor, "Emperor, please do not surrender. You must not surrender." The Emperor repeated, "I wish you all to agree with me."