Written March 19, 2013
I lived in Japan and have studied Japanese history during the WWII period. "Emperor" is historically inaccurate. The love affair that is central to the plot never happened. The real Japanese girl that Gen. Fellers knew from his college days survived the war and married a Japanese man. She did not die in the war as depicted in this film. The few historical accuracies include fascinating scenes of the destroyed Tokyo landscape, Tojo's botched suicide attempt, Hirohito's surrender recording drama, and the Japanese leadership trying to protect a guilty Hirohito. Consider the ridiculous scene of Gen. Fellers driving alone in a jeep on a single tank of gas for 3 hours in war torn Japan (no open gas stations) in an attempt to find his fictional girlfriend in another city! Tommy Lee Jones did not play Gen. Douglas MacArthur in "Emperor". Tommy Lee Jones played Tommy Lee Jones. In reality, MacArthur made the decision exonerate Hirohito. He did not leave it up to Fellers.
Written March 16, 2013
This movie was better than I expected in some ways. I felt like they were in Japan in the movie and he pulled off McCarthur pretty well. The plot was excellent and being a history buff...I loved the movie. I'd recommend the movie to anyone that is a history buff.
Written March 10, 2013
We saw this movie last night, and were truly impressed, tommy lee jones truly captured the essence of MacArthur, the movie flowed rather well, the story truly opened my eyes to events about the bombing of pear harbor, I was not aware of, as it will do for you, especially if you enjoy history, I highly reccomend it
Written March 09, 2013
The movie is touted as "starring Tommy Lee Jones" but he is, at best, a supporting actor. His role is good but lasts only a few minutes. General Fellers' story turns this into a chick-flilck wrapped around an historical war/rebuilding story. The movie is very slow, but interesting. It does not come up anywhere near the level of an historical epic (like Lincoln).
Written March 09, 2013
The movie should not be advertised as Tommy Lee Jones being a main character. Matt Fox was the main character but I guess Jones name had to be front and center to draw people to the film. That being said the movie was worth seeing. Matt Fox did a great job.