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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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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

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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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Drama | History

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

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27 July 2013 (Japan)  »

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Imperador  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,345,315 (USA) (7 June 2013)
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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 »

Goofs

When BG Fellers awaits the arrival of the emperor for the meeting with MacArthur, he is wearing a "Class A" uniform. His right shoulder epaulet end is improperly *above* his collar, rather than the proper placement *under* the collar. During the meeting between MacArthur and the emperor, the epaulet has been placed properly. It is possible that someone might have advised BG Fellers of his uniform mistake, but there did not seem to be sufficient time or opportunity within the flow of the scenes to do so. See more »

Quotes

General Richter: [referring to wartime Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's attempted suicide] Shoots himself in the chest and misses his heart? What was he mumbling?
General Bonner Fellers: He was apologizing for taking so long to die.
General Richter: These people are barbaric.
General Bonner Fellers: They have different ideas of honor.
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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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