Written March 09, 2013
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 30, 2014
Great story. One of those tales that come out, long after the fact. Had no idea the US government actually thought to put Hirohito on trial for war crimes. Tommy Lee Jones added a bit of "swagger" to the cast. Understand why he was not central to the story. He delegated the task to a subordinate, which is what 4 star generals do.
Written August 22, 2014
This was a bad movie. Tommy Lee Jones had a cameo, with one pose and a dozen lines. The only "historical" focus was the story line that he was in. Not much of an "historical" movie. The subplot, the stupid love story, was so unbelievable as to be laughable. If the costuming hadn't been different, it would have be impossible to tell when the scenes were flashbacks. The direction was so poor, the poor actors didn't know what they were supposed to be doing but the worst was the editing. This movie had no flow, no continuity, the choices the editor and director made were just awful. While I appreciate the attempt to teach me something about the American occupation of Japan after the war, there was so little fact and so much emphasis on the dumb love story that this was one of those movies you walk away from saying, "Oh, well, that's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back." Really bad movie.
Written September 16, 2014
My favorite TV channels are the History and Military channels. This movie felt like it came directly from that source so I enjoyed it very much. I also liked that at the end they told what happened to the major players.
Written October 22, 2014
A really good movie. We were surprised, hadn't heard anything about it. It was moving to see the two sides that hated and misunderstood each other find a way to come together and move on from the war. Jeff