Written July 31, 2014
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.
Written November 26, 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 November 29, 2015
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.