Written July 30, 2016
This was really well done, great casting (no lumping of all "asians" into one category, all the Japanese actors were actually Japanese) and very compelling story telling. I was glued to my seat!
Written May 27, 2016
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.
Written August 24, 2016
We didn't know what to expect but it was one of the better movies this year. Not all exploding cars and killing people in excess. Held our attention. Tommy Lee is believable.
Written October 01, 2016
I greatly enjoyed watching this movie. It has very little violence for a "war movie" and it is actually a historical movie. I have no idea how accurate the history is. However, from what I know of history, I think it is fairly accurate. The acting is excellent and the camera work is exceptional! I liked the ending and although it has sad scenes which made me cry I did enjoy the movie.
Written December 03, 2016
How did it happen that Emperor Hirohito was not prosecuted for war crimes, as American hawks and even President Roosevelt wanted? Regardless of your point of view, this is a huge story. Yet this screenplay treats the turning points without drama, the influencing factors without highlight. At what I would think would be the moments of greatest tension in the story, the thread is so slack that people left the sparsely attended theatre, and I fell asleep twice. Camerawork, lighting, and music provide only minimal excitement, and in conventional, even trite ways. This story deserves so much more.
To the film's credit, the heroine is not brought back to life for a romantic ending. But why does the online blurb say the lovers are reunited?
The acting is good, especially on the part of Tommy Lee Jones and some of the Japanese generals. But I would look for another director next time.