Emperor is now playing in select Philadelphia theaters:
Ambler – Ambler Theatre
Bensalem – Neshaminy 24
King of Prussia – King of Prussia 15 & Imax
Philadelphia – Ritz East
Plymouth Meeting – Plymouth Meeting 12
Starring Matthew Fox and Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones,Emperor tells the story of General Douglas MacArthurt and Brigadier General Bonner Fellers in post-World War II Japan, and their critical mission to determine the fate of Emperor Hirohito. The film is part historical drama, part detective story, and part romance, as the uncompromising MacArthur oversees an investigation that will help shape the future of Japan, and the pragmatic Fellers confronts his personal past through the lens of a war-torn nation.
Two nights ago, I attended a press screening in Boston of the new movie called “EMPEROR.” It’s a fascinating drama of Japan in the earliest days of the Occupation, immediately following the end of World War II. The main story is about the struggle within Gen. MacArthur’s office over the issue of whether or not to bring Emperor Hirohito to trial as a war criminal. Before going in to the movie, I had no idea what to expect. I came out quite impressed. Emperor will open nationally in theaters this Friday (March 8), and I recommend it to everyone interested in modern Japanese history! I took a Japanese friend, and we sat in the theater talking about it afterward for a long while.
The core story is very complex and no one will ever know the full nature of Emperor Hirohito’s war responsibility. Nor will we ever know the inner workings of Gen. MacArthur’s mind. This movie is a compelling account of that critical moment in the U.S.-Japan relationship. It adheres closely to historical facts (as far as we can know them), and the fictional love story that it weaves around those facts does not distract from the film’s impact. There are excellent performances by Tommy Lee Jones as Gen. MacArthur and Matthew Fox as Brigadier Gen. Bonner Fellers (MacArthur’s aide who was assigned to investigate the wartime role of the Emperor). A friend of mine, the young Kabuki actor Kataoka Takataro, does a superb job in the brief but critically important role of Emperor Hirohito. I grew up in Occupation-period Tokyo, and I thought the film manages to re-create the appearance and atmosphere of the devastated city astonishingly well.
Here is a link to the website for Emperor, which includes a trailer: http://www.emperor-themovie.com/
The full movie is much better than the trailer!
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