Written April 28, 2015
An interesting historical movie woven around a love story. The plot seemingly is about an investigation into whether to bring Japanese emperor Hirohito to trial for war crimes after the Japanese surrender in WWII, but the real story is the flashbacks to the romance of the investigating US general with a Japanese exchange student he met in college. The romance provides the background for the general's learning of Japanese culture and the real investigation in the movie is the general's pursuit of the fate of his former girlfriend. Tommy Lee Jones is so-so as General McArthur, the boss of the investigating general. The main reason to see the movie is the accurate and harrowing portrayal of post-war Japan. The devastation and horrid conditions are vividly shown and can be appreciated much more when seen on the big screen rather than on t.v. So, this is a movie to be seen in the theaters, maybe not Oscar worthy, but you won't be sorry you went.
Written January 31, 2015
Pretty cool to see what happened after the world war 2.
I didn't know about this part of history (after the war). I was enjoyable to see & learn about htis segment of history. I would recommend this to someone who even has a kinda intrest in history of WWII. Fox was good, TLJ is always fun to watch, with his cranky, no holds back attitude.
I recommend it.
Written October 22, 2014
Excellent movie, well cast and beautifully crafted. The characters were fully developed and the directing was spot on..Tommy Lee Jones did a wonderful job showing us MacArthur at his arrogant best. Matthew Fox portrayed General Feller brilliantly..
This movie makes me want to delve further into the character and foibles of Douglas MacArthur...Everyone should see this movie.
Written January 28, 2015
My Dad is/was a Pacific area vet and saw the carnage upclose and he says that it's a pretty good evaluation of what was going on in Japan. He was also in part of the clean up crew that visited several of the devasted areas. This movie is good for history buffs and people that are interested in the McArthur chain of events. Obviously he doesn't become president but it shows the lengths that people in high places will go to get MORE power. Parts of the movie slow down some, but the movie can't be classified as an "action" movie, it's really part love story and mostly history. It's a GO for me.
Written August 27, 2014
The "romance" doesn't work, but it does contribute to the cultural explanations, through the heroin's family relations. It's always relevant and useful to re-cover historicevents and cultural clashes, and I enjoyed the movie nostalgicly, having served 4 years there in the '60s. One tweeter criticising the romantic involvement credibility stated that it started just before the war, but it actually started in 1932, long before the war. Again, flawed, but worthy.