Emperor Synopsis
EMPEROR tells the story of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of post-war Japan.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In the end, probably the best way to watch Emperor is to pretend that the Supreme Command of Allied Forces in Japan after World War II was...
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
The real star of the film is the magnetic, forceful and charismatic Matthew Fox, who steals the entire film as easily as if he were...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

As is the case with most of the elements in Emperor, the cliches are relatively few and spaced apart, and the tearjerking and profound...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Emperor explores the delicate postwar dance of revenge, justice, and realpolitik, yet its focus on the issue of Hirohito's guilt or...
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
This true-ish story adds a romantic subplot to the prosecution of Japanese war criminals by American general Douglas MacArthur, but neither...
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Tommy Lee Jones gives us a saltier version of MacArthur than the image-conscious general ever let on to.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Some of the film's most illuminating scenes involve Aya's uncle, General Kajima (Toshiyuki Nishida), who schools Fellers on the sense of...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Only near the end, when MacArthur and Hirohito meet in person, do we get fireworks. And that's thanks to Jones, who makes sure this old...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
This one's likely to vex both history buffs and those who require some drama with their drama.
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
When MacArthur stands side by side with Hirohito (Takatarô Kataoka), it’s the ultimate in victor-vanquished encounters. That’s also true...
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By dicarlo60
This is all about what the USA did after the bombing of Japan to END the War. It throws in a love story. We really loved the movie, Mathew Fox of LOST fame does a great job as the main character...

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By jumperjohn1
Shows the devastation of the US firebombing of Tokyo to good effect. The "love story" distracts from the overall theme of assigning blame for war crimes. Jones is MacArthur by my understanding of...

NOT GREAT BUT INFORMATIVE FIM ABOUT WHETHER EMPEROR HIROHITO OF JAPAN SHOULD BE TRIED FOR WAR CRIMES AFTER WWII.

By Peneflix
It is tragic when a film has the genesis of greatness but somehow fizzles in the creation process; such is the case with “Emperor”. A fascinating slice of history, focusing on the demise of Japan’s...

Emperor - worth seeing if you value historic perspective over Hollywood glitz

By hugopaluchi
Emperor is thoughtful and compelling as it tells the story of a little-known American General, Bonner Fellers, his relationship with a young Japanese woman before the war, and his role in the...

Excellent history movie

By npd4866
This movie was better than I expected in some ways. I felt like they were in Japan in the movie and he pulled off McCarthur pretty well. The plot was excellent and being a history buff...I loved the...

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By marileekessler
Husband & I really enjoyed the movie. Tommy Lee, always good. Emulating MacArthur was a LITTLE over the top we thought (only according to photos we have seen of the real Mac). But Jones is always a...

Historical Fiction, Not Historical Fact

By jeffjohnson67
I lived in Japan and have studied Japanese history during the WWII period. "Emperor" is historically inaccurate. The love affair that is central to the plot never happened. The real Japanese girl that...

EXCELLENT MOTION PICTURE BASED ON FACTUAL EVENTS

By oandroplex700
We saw this movie last night, and were truly impressed, tommy lee jones truly captured the essence of MacArthur, the movie flowed rather well, the story truly opened my eyes to events about the...

Tommy Lee Jones does not really star

By Mhkolman783
The movie is touted as "starring Tommy Lee Jones" but he is, at best, a supporting actor. His role is good but lasts only a few minutes. General Fellers' story turns this into a chick-flilck wrapped...

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By qtpi410
The movie should not be advertised as Tommy Lee Jones being a main character. Matt Fox was the main character but I guess Jones name had to be front and center to draw people to the film. That...

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Rated PG-13 | For for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical)
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ MacArthur meets Hirohito in interesting historical drama.
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