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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Before the U.S. entry into World War II, then-Colonel Fellers, a psychological warfare officer, was responsible for writing detailed reports about British military activities in North Africa. The Germans came to recognize Feller's code name and were able to break the codes. This had serious repercussions for the British in their engagements in Tobruk and elsewhere. The code was changed as the U.S. entered the war. This, along with his efforts in postwar Japan, is one of the two things that Bonner F. Fellers
is known for. The epilogue of the film states that Fellers was demoted to the rank of colonel. This was not because of anything he had done but in line with postwar reductions in the military. In 1948 he was granted the retirement rank of Brigadier General. 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
[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.
These people are barbaric.
General Bonner Fellers
They have different ideas of honor.
27 July 2013 (Japan)
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Opening Weekend USA: $1,014,099,
10 March 2013
Gross USA: $3,346,265
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $14,858,240
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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