Emperor

Emperor

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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BBRUTTIG
Mar 05, 2019

Gives a look see into the surrender and occupation of japan after dropping our two bombs to end WW 2. Not historically accurate up to a point. there is a lot of dramatic romance license here with FELLERS, his Japanese lady and what really happened. But a good interesting movie if you like war type movies.

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IV27HUjg
Dec 10, 2015

Always a fan of TLJones & always find MacArthur a fascinating person. This is very loosely based on some facts. I found the speaking difficult to hear & follow. Peaked my interest to search for facts on the subjects, especially Fellers. Watched only for interest in the era & absolutely nothing on TV.

carnett1 May 15, 2015

It's difficult to buy this one.

I'm sold on my own argument that the U.S. was guilty of war crimes in WWII. The U.S.A., the only country to detonate nuclear weapons in history.

This IS what happens though, immediately after war, charge the defeated with war crimes to avoid the accusation against the victors and include foreign countries in the war crimes accusation to always refer back to such an accusation if addressed anytime in the future. THEN teach your populations about the war from a biased perspective deceiving them out of any non-patriotic opinions they can develop about the war itself.

nycounsel May 14, 2015

Yes, it was slow, maybe not historically accurate, and a little schmaltzy, but I enjoyed it well enough.

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JackPurcell
Apr 30, 2015

A soap opera about a GI and a Japanese woman prior to and during WWII until she was killed in a bombing raid. It's all set in a context of the US HQ in Tokyo after the surrender and handwringing about whether the Emperor was guilty of war crimes and should be hanged, though there's no suspense because we all recall Hirohito wasn't hanged so all the contrived plotting of the investigation is moot. There's lots of man/woman running around in slow motion doing loving smiling to romantic background music and dead air, deep sadness in the heart of the GI when he discovers his love was killed in a bombing attack, crying as he reads the notes to him left with her uncle. More slow motion flashbacks to remind you they played in a bamboo forest as lovers before the war. More slow motion love action scenes. More. More.

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john_doh17
Mar 24, 2015

The primary thrust of the movie was the investigation into whether or not the emperor of Japan was responsible for the Pearl Harbor attack or if his actions to end the war, as well as the need to keep him in place to maintain the peace, warranted not executing him for war crimes. I didn't think MacArthur came off as glorified (he seemed a bit of a wanker really). I did like the uncertainty the emperor's role. There really is no way to be certain, and history is usually portrayed in absolutes so that was at least somewhat refreshing.

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peasworth
Feb 26, 2015

I didnt really like this one. I was not too bored, but in the end, I didnt really see the point.

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garycornell
Jan 25, 2015

I like others do not know the exact military history of General MacArthur. He is played by Tommy Lee Jones as a controversial General. It should be note that "Emperor" is more about a General Fellers, who is asked to make a report on the responsibility the Emperor of Japan may have had in getting Japan to attack the United States. In "Emperor" Tommy Lee Jones takes a lesser part of the movie to Matthew Fox playing General Fellers. I felt there was a decent movie with a history lesson to boot!

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readyrisa
Jan 09, 2015

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.

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Dreamstime
Oct 08, 2014

A lukewarm fictional plot interferes with what could have been a great historical drama.

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StarGladiator
Apr 17, 2014

The major problem with movies such as this is that it erroneously presents MacArthur in a positive light, when we aren't honestly apprised of his slaughter of over 100 men, women and children at the Bonus Marchers' camp, which MacArthur entered against the direct order of the president. The WWI Bonus Marchers were mainly military and combat veterans of World War I, seeking the bonus which had been promised them during difficult economic times. MacArthur was related to the super-wealthy of the time [his uncle, Henry Stottsbury, was a partner with J.P. Morgan, and worth an estimated $100 million] which probably was why he got away with such a slaughter of military veterans and their families. MacArthur was the congenital screw-up, ignoring Army intel which warned of a fullscale Japanese invasion of the Philippines, then once again ignoring Army intel warning that the Chinese were massed and ready to cross the Yalu River. Yet history, thanks to MacArthur's super-wealthy relatives, records him in far too positive a light!

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boothseattle
Apr 17, 2014

This was a good movie. It shows a side of history we don't see in an entertaining way.

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2014

Not sure about its historical accuracy but great acting and insight to the Japanese political culture before WWII.

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beckythecat1
Feb 24, 2014

interesting film with a bit of history fantasy. watch the special features that talk about how the film was made in New Zealand. light entertainment.

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docjnsuss
Feb 10, 2014

After the USA dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki the unconditional surrender of Japan ended WWII. General Douglas MacArthur was appointed the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces to oversee the occupation and rebuilding of Japan. General MacArthur was also ordered to decide which Japanese leaders should be charged and prosecuted as war criminals. Emperor Hirohito's role in making war decisions was unclear. General MacArthur gave General Fellers ten days to investigate and submit a written recommendation as to whether Emperor Hirohito should be arrested, charged and hanged as a war criminal. The movie Emperor is a fictional reenactment of that ten day period.

aaa5756 Jan 12, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

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poodlegirl
Dec 30, 2013

Interesting bit of history. Great cast. It was a little slow, however, so I gave it only 3 stars.

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BlueHippo
Dec 17, 2013

Excellent movie. One of those "back stories" you don't hear about in history class. Well acted, interesting, based on true events and people.

jpozenel Nov 10, 2013

I see that the screenplay was based on a book. Just can't see what made someone think that it would make a good movie. It's very slow and I found it boring for the most part.

voisjoe1 Nov 08, 2013

I liked this film better than most critics. The last 30 minutes were stupendous. For a Japanese supplement to the last portions of the film, a 5 star Japanese classic is “Japan’s Longest Day,” starring two of the greatest Japanese actors Toshiro Mifune and Chishu Ryu. A great history lesson on how American became an ally of Japan, something not dreamed of during WWII. The story of the emperor's recording (probably a 78?) is absolutely true.

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Courier2003
Nov 04, 2013

TOMMY LEE JONES WAS MIS-CAST
FOR HIS ROLE OF MACARTHUR.
GOOD HISTORY LESSON IF MOVIE WAS FACTUAL. AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK TO ROUND UP WAR CRIMINALS IN TEN DAYS. SUPRISED TO SEE GENERAL FELLER DEMOTED TO COLONEL IN THE CREDITS. MUST HAVE BEEN MORE TO THE STORY THAN WE WERE TOLD.

theorbys Oct 13, 2013

An interesting movie, but likely not a very true story, or stories really. Some think that Fellers used the black list to white wash Hirohito by getting many on it to coordinate their stories to exonerate Hirohito. The whole thing is somewhat clunky and ponderous.

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joseph
Sep 19, 2013

Fair - Could have been much better. I found Matthew Fox did not fit the character. A missed opportunity in storytelling.

ukiechick Sep 10, 2013

GREAT MOVIE AND GREAT ACTING


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