Written August 01, 2014
By the trailer you'd think that Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur was the major character, but he's not. That belongs to Matthew Fox's character - who I didn't know was an actual person! His personal reason and investigation of trying to determine whether Emperor Hirohito was guilty for Japan's aggression for attacking Pearl Harbor was good, just not great.
Written October 21, 2014
You would think from the trailer that the movie was about Tommy Lee Jones but when you actually go see the movie, you find out it is about Matthew Fox. Fox isn't the best actor in the world as seen from his last mainstream movie Vantage Point. Its not necessarily a movie about the efforts to rebuild Japan as it is about Fox's personal love story with a woman that he's trying to find in Japan. Instead of just skipping right to where he knows where he'll find out information about her, it is dragged on for 2 hours about his relationship with her.
Written July 30, 2014
A fascinating movie about how one general's war crimes investigation would directly effect Japan from that point forward. This is not a war movie with a lot of battles and such; this is mainly a drama about the aftermath. There is also a love story weaved into the investigation that is really rather touching. The final scene involving the mysterious Emperor and the real life photo that they show right before the credits was a perfect cap to the end of the film. Personally, I did not know all of the details concerning Japan's surrender so it also served as an educational piece to me which I rather enjoyed. I can't say that this was a gripping film or one that will amaze you, but if you are entertained by interesting historical stories, this one may be right up your alley.
Written October 26, 2014
if you are a history buff and you like TLJ, this is a solid movie that will entertain and deliver the movie value goods; if not or you are seeking excessive stimulation, robots, vampire romance,
time traveling assassins from the future, homicidal ghosts, etc then not so much for you. some light romance, some historical obscura (but not too much) this movie will keep company with movies like Fat man and Little Boy, The Great Raid, etc.
Written October 22, 2014
The is a solid film. Screenplay, cast performances, photography, sound...everything just as it should be...except historical accuracy. Still, it's a fine entertainment piece taken in context to "play acting." It's worth its ticket price. See it. You won't be disappointed.