6.5/10
11,889
47 user 82 critic

Emperor (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 27 July 2013 (Japan)
Trailer
2:24 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Peter Webber

Writers:

Vera Blasi (screenplay), David Klass (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A Japanese Class B war criminal sets out to take full responsibility for the execution of American Airmen.

Director: Takashi Koizumi
Stars: Makoto Fujita, Robert Lesser, Fred Spiker
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Morton H. Halperin was a former member of NSA, State Department and Pentagon under several U.S. regimes since 1960s. And his lecture about the Okinawa reversion was shot at the House of Councillors on September 19, 2014 in Japan.

Director: Sayo Saruta
Stars: Mizuho Fukushima, Morton Halperin, Ryota Nakanishi
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A film about the 10th Tokyo Peace Film Festival and lectures of many liberal critics at the festival.

Director: Yumi Kikuchi
Stars: Kenji Fukuda, Natsuko Hirota, Hitomi Kamanaka
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

German soldiers are transported to a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan after the First World War.

Director: Masanobu Deme
Stars: Ken Matsudaira, Bruno Ganz, Hiroshi Abe
News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A documentary featuring Taiwanese students' great struggle against The Service Trade Agreement between China and Taiwan, 'democracy' as its theme.

Director: Yasumi Iwakami
Stars: Shih-Yi Ho, Ryota Nakanishi
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

DSLR super 35mm filmic insert to wedding ceremony of local couple. The process of how a finance gets to the seaside where his bride is located in order to express and relive their dramatic encountering in a cinematic way.

Director: Ryota Nakanishi
Stars: Kkobbi Kim, Ryota Nakanishi
Furusato-Time (TV Series 2015)
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Furusato-Time is a sightseeing TV program of the major cable television company J:COM. And it's co-produced by Kyodo-TV.

Stars: Shingo Kazami, Matirog, Ryota Nakanishi
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The renowned conspiracy theorists Benjamin Fulford, Richard Koshimizu give audiences a special lecture about various conspiracy theories.

Directors: Benjamin Fulford, Richard Koshimizu
Stars: George Bush, George W. Bush, Benjamin Fulford
Short | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

An office worker obsessed with the supernatural visits an old parking lot and finds evidence of ghosts of perverts.

Director: Qiu Guisiu
Stars: Gao Meixiang
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

12 thinkers gathered together to discuss the political issues in Japan, such as reuse of nuclear plants, accepting right of collective self defense, TPP and the secrecy law.

Director: Yasumi Iwakami
Stars: Kazuyuki Azusawa, Satoshi Daigo, Yôichi Iha
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Trouble challenges emotional relationships on a bright Sunday at Tamsui.

Director: Ryota Nakanishi
Stars: Dingding, Ando Erika, Haohao
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The renowned former chief analyst at the Foreign Ministry of Japan, Masaru Sato gives audiences a special lecture about how to make you intelligent with reading electric books with Kindle White Paper.

Director: Masaru Sato
Stars: Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx, Ryota Nakanishi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Fox ... General Bonner Fellers
Tommy Lee Jones ... General Douglas MacArthur
Eriko Hatsune ... Aya Shimada
Toshiyuki Nishida Toshiyuki Nishida ... General Kajima
Masayoshi Haneda ... Takahashi
Kaori Momoi ... Mitsuko Kajima
Colin Moy ... General Richter
Masatoshi Nakamura Masatoshi Nakamura ... Prince Konoe
Masatô Ibu Masatô Ibu ... Koichi Kido
Isao Natsuyagi ... Teizaburo Sekiya
Takatarô Kataoka Takatarô Kataoka ... Emperor Hirohito
Aaron Jackson ... Lt Col. Rogers
Nic Sampson ... Lieutenant Red
Shôhei Hino Shôhei Hino ... Hideki Tojo
Will Wallace ... CIC Commander
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

27 July 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperador See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

Edit

Box Office

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The U.S. 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

In the close up on General Feller's typewriter upon which he is writing his initial report to MacArthur, he is seen typing "Pearl Harbour", using the British spelling. An American general would have used the American spelling and typed "Pearl Harbor". See more »

Quotes

General Douglas MacArthur: I don't want the Communists in here. But Washington wants vengance on the emperor, because their voters do, and their voters have no fucking idea what's good for them.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Strangely Haunting Movie Narrating an Actual Event in American History
20 June 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

I have to admit I liked this movie a lot. The plot is straightforward: General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) is hired by General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) to investigate the role of Emperor Hirohito (Takataro Kataoka) during World War II, to investigate whether the Emperor should be tried as a war criminal. However the film is about a lot more than just conduct during war; it is a story of cultural adaptation, as Fellers comes to know something about Japanese attitudes towards the conflict, and how they differ significantly from those embraced by the Americans. Eventually the two sides come to an understanding - so much so that Hirohito actually deigns to have a meeting with MacArthur, something hitherto considered unthinkable in Japanese aristocratic culture. Jones' MacArthur is just wonderful - although physically very different from the actual person, the actor captures the mannerisms, the aggressiveness, and the softness lurking beneath an apparently gruff personality.


14 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed