Emperor is a 2012 American-Japanese post-World War II film directed by Peter Webber. Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox star in lead roles as General Douglas MacArthur and Brigadier General Bonner Fellers respectively. The story of Emperor is based on the resonant real events of 1945, when the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur takes control of a shell-shocked Japan on behalf of the U.S. and instructs Brigadier General Bonner Fellers to investigate the role of Emperor Hirohito in World War II, in order to establish if he should be tried as a war criminal. Entwined with an against-the-odds romance, the story traverses the conflicting loyalties between heart and homeland, between revenge and justice, as the world rebuilds from the ruins of war.
For personal reasons, that are of no interest here, I wanted to see this film. We, Begoña and I, had the chance to watch it yesterday. Unfortunately, in my view, the romance between Fellers and Aya (Eriko Hatsune) doesn’t fit properly with the rest of the story. I think it’s more of a missed opportunity to tell a story not very well known and delve further between cultural differences. However, it offers a good opportunity to see the always solid interpretation of an actor like Tommy Lee Jones.
There is an interesting review at The Hollywood Reporter.
It premiered in Madrid on the 7th of March, 2014.