Written March 10, 2013
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 whose story we follow. Tommy Lee Jones is amazing his performance albeit peppered throughout the movie is yet another feather in his cap. No matter if your a fan of these actors or a History fan this is a must see movie.
Written March 09, 2013
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 the history of the man..very well done. Overall, not a bad movie.
Written March 20, 2013
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 Hirohito; immersed in the carnage of Hiroshima (August 6th, 1945) and Nagasaki ( August 9th, 1945); a landscape screaming for redemption, purification after the explosive effects of the atomic bomb; a conflagration that changed the future of Japan and its godlike Emperor...
If you need a “MacArthur” injection see the 1977 film “MacArthur” starring Gregory Peck, or historians, read “American Caesar” (not to be confused with the Iggy Pop album of the same title) by William Manchester; a sterling biography comparing Douglas MacArthur to the iconic Roman hero, Julius Caesar: both geniuses, blazing military strategists; both felled by their arrogance, unbridled hubris...
TWO & 1/2 STARS!!
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Written March 09, 2013
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 post-war resolution of Emperor Hirohito's fate.
Matthew Fox portrays the droll Fellers very well. And the Japanese cast was very good. The movie is not some heroic fiction lionizing a historic event in Hollywood fashion. It is beautifully filmed and directed. This is not a film about MacArthur although MacArthur was the pivotal figure.
Written March 24, 2013
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 treat. wanted more from him but he wasn't the main star. Matthew Fox was interesting. We'd never seen him before. Enjoyed his role, and not knowing the authenticity thought he was very good. We were surprised though, if this was accurate, didn't our American soldiers dress up to meet (other powerful people) Egad, Fox's characters undershirt collar was always stretched out, no jackets or even a tie on either general! Still we give the movie a Must Go! Another blast from the past. We are always interested in 'what happened' when we were too young to understand then, in our mid 70s now. High schoolers might be interested if they've studied the war. No little kids.