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 January 24, 2017
This movie is romanticized nonsense with no sense of period or historical style.. A supposed love relationship with Brigadier General Fellows, a 40 year old (during the occupation) who meets a relatively busty, roundish eyed Japanese in college shortly before Pearl Harbor. In actuality he was a graduate of West Point and later in the Army war college in 1949 and stationed in Egypt after that. A West Point graduate would not have been involved at that period of time in such a liaison unless he was a spy. Japanese women in that period always covered their mouths when they laughed (even in the west) . The only real truth in the film lies with the written words at the end where the fate of Tojo (and others) is mentioned. MacArthur spent much of his career in Asia and understood the Japanese mind.
If you are a romantic you may enjoy it. If you have a sense of history or if you were there, you will see the flaws, that are enormous.
Read William Manchester's biography for truth.
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.