Emperor

Emperor

DVD - 2013
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With the globe still in shock following World War II, U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his aide Gen. Fellers travel to a devastated Japan on a sensitive mission to determine whether beloved Japanese emperor Hirohito should be tried and executed for war crimes.
Publisher: [Canada] : Distributed by Mongrel Media, c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC EMP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 105 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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IV27HUjg
Dec 10, 2015

Always a fan of TLJones & always find MacArthur a fascinating person. This is very loosely based on some facts. I found the speaking difficult to hear & follow. Peaked my interest to search for facts on the subjects, especially Fellers. Watched only for interest in the era & absolutely nothing on TV.

carnett1 May 15, 2015

It's difficult to buy this one.

I'm sold on my own argument that the U.S. was guilty of war crimes in WWII. The U.S.A., the only country to detonate nuclear weapons in history.

This IS what happens though, immediately after war, charge the defeated with war crimes to avoid the accusation against the victors and include foreign countries in the war crimes accusation to always refer back to such an accusation if addressed anytime in the future. THEN teach your populations about the war from a biased perspective deceiving them out of any non-patriotic opinions they can develop about the war itself.

nycounsel May 14, 2015

Yes, it was slow, maybe not historically accurate, and a little schmaltzy, but I enjoyed it well enough.

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JackPurcell
Apr 30, 2015

A soap opera about a GI and a Japanese woman prior to and during WWII until she was killed in a bombing raid. It's all set in a context of the US HQ in Tokyo after the surrender and handwringing about whether the Emperor was guilty of war crimes and should be hanged, though there's no suspense because we all recall Hirohito wasn't hanged so all the contrived plotting of the investigation is moot. There's lots of man/woman running around in slow motion doing loving smiling to romantic background music and dead air, deep sadness in the heart of the GI when he discovers his love was killed in a bombing attack, crying as he reads the notes to him left with her uncle. More slow motion flashbacks to remind you they played in a bamboo forest as lovers before the war. More slow motion love action scenes. More. More.

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john_doh17
Mar 24, 2015

The primary thrust of the movie was the investigation into whether or not the emperor of Japan was responsible for the Pearl Harbor attack or if his actions to end the war, as well as the need to keep him in place to maintain the peace, warranted not executing him for war crimes. I didn't think MacArthur came off as glorified (he seemed a bit of a wanker really). I did like the uncertainty the emperor's role. There really is no way to be certain, and history is usually portrayed in absolutes so that was at least somewhat refreshing.

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peasworth
Feb 26, 2015

I didnt really like this one. I was not too bored, but in the end, I didnt really see the point.

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garycornell
Jan 25, 2015

I like others do not know the exact military history of General MacArthur. He is played by Tommy Lee Jones as a controversial General. It should be note that "Emperor" is more about a General Fellers, who is asked to make a report on the responsibility the Emperor of Japan may have had in getting Japan to attack the United States. In "Emperor" Tommy Lee Jones takes a lesser part of the movie to Matthew Fox playing General Fellers. I felt there was a decent movie with a history lesson to boot!

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readyrisa
Jan 09, 2015

I have to admit I liked this movie a lot. The plot is straightforward: General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) is hired by General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) to investigate the role of Emperor Hirohito (Takataro Kataoka) during World War II, to investigate whether the Emperor should be tried as a war criminal. However the film is about a lot more than just conduct during war; it is a story of cultural adaptation, as Fellers comes to know something about Japanese attitudes towards the conflict, and how they differ significantly from those embraced by the Americans. Eventually the two sides come to an understanding - so much so that Hirohito actually deigns to have a meeting with MacArthur, something hitherto considered unthinkable in Japanese aristocratic culture.

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Dreamstime
Oct 08, 2014

A lukewarm fictional plot interferes with what could have been a great historical drama.

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StarGladiator
Apr 17, 2014

The major problem with movies such as this is that it erroneously presents MacArthur in a positive light, when we aren't honestly apprised of his slaughter of over 100 men, women and children at the Bonus Marchers' camp, which MacArthur entered against the direct order of the president. The WWI Bonus Marchers were mainly military and combat veterans of World War I, seeking the bonus which had been promised them during difficult economic times. MacArthur was related to the super-wealthy of the time [his uncle, Henry Stottsbury, was a partner with J.P. Morgan, and worth an estimated $100 million] which probably was why he got away with such a slaughter of military veterans and their families. MacArthur was the congenital screw-up, ignoring Army intel which warned of a fullscale Japanese invasion of the Philippines, then once again ignoring Army intel warning that the Chinese were massed and ready to cross the Yalu River. Yet history, thanks to MacArthur's super-wealthy relatives, records him in far too positive a light!

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2014

General Kajima: We did our duty, but we lost our humanity. You must understand, we Japanese are a selfless people capable of immense sacrifice because of our complete devotion to a set of ideas. We are also ruthless warriors capable of unspeakable crimes because of that same complete devotion. I cannot tell you if the Emperor is guilty or innocent. I don't know if he brought us to war, but he has brought us to peace.

aaa5756 Jan 10, 2014

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison

aaa5756 Jan 10, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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Feb 24, 2014

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