Excerpt: Sympathetic General Fellers (Matthew Fox) is given 10 days after Japanese surrender to dissuade Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) from executing Emperor Hirihito as World War II slips into historical context.
Excerpt: The moment I see the words “inspired by true events”, I simply accept the fact that most likely everything that follows should be taken with a grain of salt. I understand films are not meant to be reference materials to be seen as fact, but simply as a tool to entertain and hopefully motivate you...
Excerpt: The Film In the late summer of 1945 Japan was a defeated nation, but one that didn't exactly surrender "unconditionally." When the war ended, one critical issue remained unresolved: should Japanese Emperor Hirohito stand trial for war crimes?
Conclusion: I'm a sucker for historical epics, and I can even tolerate a good star-crossed romance given the right circumstances, but Emperor is too wishy-washy to ever decide what exactly it wants to be.
Summary: Half crinoline romance, half crusty military-history lesson, "Emperor" goes behind the scenes immediately following Japan's surrender in World War II to reveal the delicate negotiations that allowed disgraced emperor Hirohito to maintain his title.
Excerpt: Peter Webber's historical drama Emperor is blunt about its stylistic ambitions while at the same time failing to meet them, and the effect is one of sad ineffectuality. "Let's show 'em some good old-fashioned American swagger," General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) says early in the film,...
Conclusion: Those of you residing in Region-B territories should be delighted with Optimum Home Entertainment's Blu-ray release of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor . I personally think that it is great to have the supervised and approved by Mr.