Written March 10, 2013
You would think from the trailer that the movie was about Tommy Lee Jones but when you actually go see the movie, you find out it is about Matthew Fox. Fox isn't the best actor in the world as seen from his last mainstream movie Vantage Point. Its not necessarily a movie about the efforts to rebuild Japan as it is about Fox's personal love story with a woman that he's trying to find in Japan. Instead of just skipping right to where he knows where he'll find out information about her, it is dragged on for 2 hours about his relationship with her.
Written August 01, 2014
By the trailer you'd think that Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur was the major character, but he's not. That belongs to Matthew Fox's character - who I didn't know was an actual person! His personal reason and investigation of trying to determine whether Emperor Hirohito was guilty for Japan's aggression for attacking Pearl Harbor was good, just not great.
Written July 30, 2014
A fascinating movie about how one general's war crimes investigation would directly effect Japan from that point forward. This is not a war movie with a lot of battles and such; this is mainly a drama about the aftermath. There is also a love story weaved into the investigation that is really rather touching. The final scene involving the mysterious Emperor and the real life photo that they show right before the credits was a perfect cap to the end of the film. Personally, I did not know all of the details concerning Japan's surrender so it also served as an educational piece to me which I rather enjoyed. I can't say that this was a gripping film or one that will amaze you, but if you are entertained by interesting historical stories, this one may be right up your alley.
Written July 24, 2014
if you are a history buff and you like TLJ, this is a solid movie that will entertain and deliver the movie value goods; if not or you are seeking excessive stimulation, robots, vampire romance,
time traveling assassins from the future, homicidal ghosts, etc then not so much for you. some light romance, some historical obscura (but not too much) this movie will keep company with movies like Fat man and Little Boy, The Great Raid, etc.
Written July 29, 2014
EMPEROR is a very intriguing and interesting movie. Some fans say it is historically inaccurate; some say it is more fiction than fact. Well, here are some facts. The casting is perfect. Tommy Lee Jones again does a wonderful character portrayal. The main character is very convincing and the love story is a tragedy of war. The scenes are depicting something I hope we never see in real life and the devotion and focus of the Japanese soldier is fact. If you go to see this movie and want to be entertained, you will not be disappointed.