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.
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.
Motion Picture Rating
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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Did You Know?
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
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
[re-enacting Emperor Hirohito's recital of a tanka poem to the ministers at an Imperial Council Meeting three months before the outbreak of war
"It is our hope that all the world's oceans be joined in peace, so why do the winds and waves now rise up in an angry rage?"