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25 April 2013 (Bahrain) See more »
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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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As the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, General 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Matthew Fox ... General Bonner Fellers

Tommy Lee Jones ... General Douglas MacArthur

Eriko Hatsune ... Aya Shimada
Toshiyuki Nishida ... General Kajima

Masayoshi Haneda ... Takahashi

Kaori Momoi ... Mitsuko Kajima

Colin Moy ... General Richter
Masatoshi Nakamura ... Prince Konoe
Masatô Ibu ... Koichi Kido

Isao Natsuyagi ... Teizaburo Sekiya
Takatarô Kataoka ... Emperor Hirohito

Aaron Jackson ... Lt Col. Rogers

Nic Sampson ... Lieutenant Red
Shôhei Hino ... Hideki Tojo

Will Wallace ... CIC Commander

Kelson Henderson ... Adjutant to MacArthur
Stephen Papps ... Higgins

Shingo Usami ... Emperor's Translator
Takanori Higuchi ... Head Palace Guard (as Takanori Kikuchi)
Ingrid Park ... Woman Hall Proctor
Yôko Narahashi ... Head Teacher (as Yoko Narahashi)
Kazuki Hayakawa ... Akio
Kaito Narita ... Eiji
Michaela Rooney ... Jean MacArthur (as Micheala Rooney)
Hideko Yanagida ... Old Woman in Restaurant
Paul Gittins ... Older Officer
Stephen Hall ... General Eichelberger
Kengo Hasuo ... Imperial Butler
Kuni Hashimoto ... Minister Anami
David Aston ... U.S. Officer

Jim McLarty ... U.S. Aide
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi ... Imperial Guard 1
Daigoro Yamada ... Imperial Guard 2
Nichita Tanabe ... Imperial Guard 3
Ryoichiro Yonekura ... Imperial Guard 4
Koji Mizuki ... Homeless Japanese Vet
Nobuko Nakanishi ... Homeless Woman
Kona Kelly ... Japanese Toddler
Toru Ishida ... Bar Patron #2

Lance Masa ... Bar Patron #1
Motoshige Nagai ... Bar Patron #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masaya Kubota ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)

Wiebe Marinus ... IO Coporal (uncredited)

Yuki Nagashima ... Imperial Guard (uncredited)

Gareth Ruck ... Master Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Webber 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vera Blasi  screenplay
David Klass  screenplay
Shiro Okamoto  book "His Majesty's Salvation"

Produced by
Yasushi Akutagawa .... associate producer
Tim Coddington .... co-producer
Gary Foster .... producer
Russ Krasnoff .... producer
Yôko Narahashi .... producer
Eugene Nomura .... producer
Satori Suzuki .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Alex Heffes 
 
Cinematography by
Stuart Dryburgh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Plummer 
 
Casting by
Jane Jenkins 
Yôko Narahashi 
 
Production Design by
Grant Major 
 
Art Direction by
Jill Cormack 
Miro Harre (art direction)
 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Birt 
 
Costume Design by
Ngila Dickson 
 
Makeup Department
Vinnie Ashton .... crowd hair and makeup artist (as Vinnie Smith)
Hayley Atherton .... hair stylist
Hayley Atherton .... makeup artist
Gabrielle Jones .... makeup and hair designer
Natasha Lees .... crowd makeup supervisor
Natasha Lees .... hair stylist
Roger Murray .... prosthetic manufacture
Hayley Ness .... additional makeup
Claire Rutledge .... hair stylist
Claire Rutledge .... makeup artist
Levonne Scott .... additional make up artist
 
Production Management
Simon Ambridge .... production manager
Tim Coddington .... unit production manager
Dean Watkins .... head of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hayley Budulis .... additional assistant director
Andrew Burfield .... additional third assistant director
Donald Duncan .... second unit director
Emma Hinton .... second assistant director
Lance Masa .... additional assistant director
Stuart Morrice .... second second assistant director
Sez Niederer .... additional assistant director
Toby Pease .... first assistant director
Ricky Silvester .... third assistant director
Anton Steel .... first assistant director: second unit
Jessica Walsh .... additional assistant director
Amand Weaver .... second assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Glenn Altman .... set painter
Zach Becroft .... stand-by property
Ed Butler .... storyboard artist
Jillian Chitty .... set dresser
Phil Chitty .... construction supervisor
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist
Nick Connor .... set designer
Matt Cornelius .... property master
Paul Dulieu .... picture vehicle supervisor
Alistair Gillies .... concept artist
Anna Graves .... art department coordinator
Mark Grenfell .... off-set art director
George Hamilton .... on-set art director
Troy Hannett .... scenic artist
Wade Hannett .... scenic artist
Miro Harre .... off-set art director
Etienne Harris .... scenic painter
John Howard .... set dresser
Tane Jarrett .... set dresser
Angus Kerr .... set decorator assistant
Penny Kerr .... set dresser
Steven Key .... carpenter
Natalija Kucija .... props
Joseph Leary .... set dresser
Kathryn Lees .... set decorating intern
Charlie Mckay .... graphic designer
Gareth Mills .... lead set dresser/buyer
Grace Mok .... property master
Roger Murray .... prop manufacturer
Justine Muxlow .... set dressing coordinator
Paul Ny .... scenic painter
George Ritchie .... digital backdrop artist
Graham Rowan .... carpenter
Rik Shibasaki .... japanese calligrapher
Todd Smythe .... construction coordinator
Olly Southwell .... assistant stand-by propsman
Sam Storey .... assistant art director
Helen Strevens .... set designer
Ryan Sweetman .... carpenter
Patrick Walker .... property buyer
Simon Wheeler .... vehicle wrangler
Pania Williams .... digital backdrop artist
Abi Wollcombe .... set dresser
Petelo Yaiku .... senior set dresser
 
Sound Department
Tim Chaproniere .... mix assistant
Emile de la Rey .... adr editor
Fred Enholmer .... sound mixer
Buster Flaws .... adr mixer
Russ Gorsline .... adr
Lora Hirschberg .... re-recording mixer
Gilbert Lake .... re-recording mixer
Matthew Lambourn .... sound effects editor
Toby Lloyd .... sound recordist
Jim Petrak .... sound recordist
Tim Prebble .... sound designer
Simon Riley .... foley editor
Tom Scott-Toft .... assistant sound editor
John Simpson .... foley artist
Chris Todd .... supervising dialogue editor
Nicolas Williams .... sound recordist
Chris Winter .... assistant dialogue editor
Ryan Young .... adr recordist (as Ryan D. Young)
James Carroll .... foley assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Dagan Jurd .... senior special effects technician
Richard Schuler .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Grant Adam .... senior technical director: Iloura
Dan Ashton .... scanning and recording technician
Steve Barnes .... digital artist: Iloura
Magdalena Bisogni .... visual effects assistant: Iloura
Michael Bongiorno .... match move artist: Iloura
Nick Booth .... scanning and recording supervisor: Weta Digital
Mark Bortolotto .... compositor
Genevieve Camilleri .... compositor: Iloura
Eoin Cannon .... lead modeler: Iloura
Robin Cave .... matte artist: Iloura
Murray Curtis .... compositor: Iloura
Julian Dimsey .... visual effects supervisor: Iloura
Sam Doolan .... lighting technical director: Iloura
Steven Drew .... digital artist: Iloura
Laura Dubsky .... compositor: Iloura
Chris Dwyer .... data manager: Iloura
Dean Elliott .... animator: Iloura
Matt Faiman .... visual effects accountant: Iloura
Alan Fairlie .... lead compositor: Iloura
Jonathan Freisler .... lead effects artist: Iloura
Jason Gilholme .... match move supervisor: Iloura
Paul Glubb .... visual effects producer
Shane Hall .... animator: Iloura
Dominic Hellier .... lead compositor: Iloura
Aeon Henderson .... compositor: Iloura
Chris Henryon .... digital artist: Iloura
Daniel Hourigan .... effects animator: Iloura
Huck Hur .... match move artist: Iloura
Fergus Jack-Hinton .... visual effects artist: Park Road Post Production
Sam Jensen .... lead modeler: Iloura
Morgan Jones .... compositor: Iloura
Peter Jurca .... digital artist: Iloura
Jun Eun Kim .... modeler: Iloura
Alan S.L. Lam .... matte artist: Iloura
Duncan MacDonald .... effects animator: Iloura
Ineke Majoor .... visual effects producer: Iloura
Glenn Melenhorst .... digital matte supervisor: Iloura
Keith Meure .... digital artist: Iloura
Jay C. Miller .... lighting technical director: Iloura
Adrian Moyes .... match move artist: Iloura
Matt Omond .... compositing supervisor: Iloura
Matthew Pascuzzi .... compositor: Iloura
Noah Pascuzzi .... digital artist: Iloura
Jeremy Pronk .... lighting technical director: Iloura
Marcus Riquier .... match move artist: Iloura
James Robison .... senior technical director: Iloura
Simon Rosenthal .... visual effects executive producer: Iloura
Pippa Sheen .... visual effects production coordinator: Iloura
Karl Sheridan .... VFX Onset Data Wrangler
Angela Stanley .... compositor: Iloura (as Angela Rose)
Jon Stanley .... senior systems administrator: Iloura
Marc Stephen .... render wrangler: Iloura
Jonathon Sumner .... digital artist: Iloura
Kim Tobin .... compositor: Iloura
Alexander Whyte .... match move artist: Iloura
Tom Wild .... visual effects production manager: Iloura
Pete Williams .... scanning and recording manager: Weta Digital
Pip Wright .... visual effects 2D coordinator: Iloura
 
Stunts
Toru Ishida .... stunt performer
Lance Masa .... stunt performer
Motoshige Nagai .... stunt performer
Allan Poppleton .... stunt coordinator
Stuart Thorp .... stunt driver
Jacob Tomuri .... stunt assistant
Samuel R. Wright .... stunt driver (as Sammy Wright)
Willie Ying .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kane Asher .... dolly grip
Jonathan Bixley .... best boy grip
Fergus Burnett .... video assist
John Enright .... rigging gaffer
Alex Glucina .... assistant camera: "b"
Kirsty Griffin .... still photographer
Mikey Ray Harkins .... lighting technician
Scott Harman .... best boy
Oli Harris .... key grip
Nick Hutchinson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Luke Macready .... senior lighting technician
Ilja Maran .... grip
Tom Markham-Short .... assistant camera: "a"
Sean O'Neill .... gaffer
Kerry Peck .... lighting technician
Ulric Raymond .... b camera operator
Michael Reihana .... dolly grip
Simon Schätzle .... lighting technician
Lee Scott .... lighting technician
Jacob Slovak .... clapper loader
Barnaby Sweet .... lighting technician
Henry West .... assistant camera
Jay Weston .... video assist op
Toby Conway .... additional grip (uncredited)
Alex Gilbert .... camera intern (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Yvonne Bennett .... extras casting coordinator
Yvonne Bennett .... extras casting
Tina Cleary .... casting
Madeline Cooper .... extras casting assistant
Angel de Goede .... extras casting intern
Roslyn Lusty .... extras casting assistant
Lance Masa .... extras casting assistant
Fuhito Michihira .... extras casting assistant
Kesha Robertson .... extras casting assistant coordinator
Jesse Savage .... extras casting assistant
Juliet Williams .... extras casting assistant coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nicky Barron .... set costumer
Naomi Campbell .... costume assistant
Louise George .... extras dresser
Carly Imrie .... military costumes: australia
Melanie Imrie .... military costumes: australia
Katie Johnston .... costume assistant
Simone Knight .... costume assistant
Simone Knight .... costumer
Pip Lingard .... costume supervisor
Liz McGregor .... assistant costume designer
Lucy McLay .... costumer
Michael McNamara .... costume assistant
Ann Mockett .... pattern cutter
James Rogers .... wardrobe dyer
Jenny Rushton .... costume supervisor
Tracey Rose Sparke .... military costume specialist (as Ian Sparke)
Tracey Rose Sparke .... webbing master (as Ian Sparke)
Andy Mowbray .... costume props (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jason Aldous .... on-line assistant
Clare Brody .... data wrangler: Park Road Post Production
Clare Burlinson .... digital intermediate colourist
Joyce Kamille Cristal .... data wrangler: Park Road Post Production
Elizabeth Denekamp .... assistant editor
Gareth Evans .... colorist/rushes
Michael Harris .... digital mastering
David Hollingsworth .... head of picture: Park Road Post
Nina Kurzmann .... post producer
Tom McHattie .... data wrangler
Amy Shand .... digital lab manager
Peter Skarratt .... first assistant editor
Amber Marie Smith .... data wrangler: Park Road Post
Matthew Wear .... dailies colourist
Tim Willis .... on-line editor
Jeannie Yeung .... data wrangler: Park Road Post Production
 
Location Management
Sarah Allman .... additional location assistant
Harry Harrison .... location scout
Brett Higginson .... location scout
Mike Holloway .... location manager
Jacob McIntyre .... assistant location manager
Damion Nathan .... assistant locations manager
Peta Sinclair .... assistant location manager
Angelina Sullivan .... additional location assistant
 
Music Department
Simon Chamberlain .... musician: solo piano
Mark Graham .... head of music preparation
James T. Hill .... score mixed by
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Graham Kennedy .... score recording engineer
Philip Klein .... additional orchestration
Etsuko Kobayashi .... lyrics translation: Japan
Tommy Laurence .... additional orchestrator
Phil McGowan .... score mixing recordist
Dave Metzger .... orchestrator
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Peter Rotter .... music coordination
Nigel Scott .... music editor
Yoshiaki Shioya .... lyrics translation: Japan (as Yoshi Shioya)
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
Linnea Snyder .... music preparation
Roger Suen .... music assistant to composer
John Ashton Thomas .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Aaron Gibson .... transportation captain
Graham Hughes .... driver: cast
Matt Johnston .... driver: cast
Linda Musson .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Dana Archer .... public relations
Gunner Ashford .... key armorer
David Boden .... production secretary
Andrew Cochrane .... production coordinator
James D. Dever .... adr loop group
Alan Drum-Garcia .... producer assistant
Alyx Duncan .... choreographer
Sandra Finestone .... first assistant accountant
Diana Goulding .... Unit Publicist
Aria Harrison .... second unit script supervisor
Tasha Lang .... researcher
Pedro Loureiro .... historical advisor (as Dr. Pedro Loureiro)
Wayne McCormack .... animal coordinator
Yuki Nagashima .... japanese military advisor
Donna Pearman .... assistant production co-ordinator
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services
Christian Routh .... script consultant
David Rowell .... financial controller
Yoshiaki Shioya .... english dialogue coach (as Yoshi Shioya)
Mike Stokey .... key military advisor
Erika Takacs .... production assistant
Kimberly Tierney .... dialogue coach: english
Russell Totten .... english dialogue coach
Jodi Tripi .... stock footage researcher
Kristin Witcombe .... script supervisor
Samuel R. Wright .... assistant armorer (as Sammy Wright)
Samuel R. Wright .... military advisor (as Sammy Wright)
Nimrod Zalmanowitz .... epk creator
Anthony S. Pratt .... workflow architect (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical)
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USA:105 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The romantic story between Fellers and Aya was entirely fictional for the film. Fellers was married in 1925 to Dorothy Dysart who accompanied him twice on his posting the Phillipines, and she also went with him to China and Japan.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the opening sequence the film makers use archival film showing an atom bomb being loaded into the bomb bay a B-29 for the attack on Hiroshima. The bomb shown is "Fat Man" and not "Little Boy" that was used on the attack on Hiroshima (8-6-1945). "Fat Man" was used in the second attack, three days later (8-9-1945) on Nagasaki.See more »
Quotes:
General Bonner Fellers:You know the Emperor well.
Prince Konoe:As well as anyone can know His Majesty.
General Bonner Fellers:Was he against the war?
Prince Konoe:His Majesty is against all wars. He is a pacifist by nature - very gentle.
General Bonner Fellers:Yet he gave permission for Pearl Harbor.
Prince Konoe:When Tojo and the militarists took power, His Majesty was... "drawn in". It was a national delusion.
General Bonner Fellers:Could he have stopped it?
Prince Konoe:I don't know. I was removed from power by then.
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39 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Very Good Movie, 14 March 2013
Author: Jim Smith

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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