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Hollywood just don’t do Japanese-themed World War II movies as much as they do the European ones. I guess Nazis are way more hateable than the Japanese were during the war, though I’m sure the Chinese and other Asian nations would disagree with that little notion. Peter Webber’s “Emperor” takes a look at what happened after World War II in U.S.-occupied Japan. It’s a part of history most people don’t know, so that already makes the film pretty intriguing to me.
“Emperor” opens this Friday in limited release. Take a look at four clips from the movie and maybe you’ll want to look for it too.
As General Douglas MacArthur suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture, General Bonner Fellers, to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved?
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Isao Natsuyagi, Matthew Fox, Kaori Momoi, Toshiyuki Nishida, Masatô Ibu, Eriko Hatsune, and Takatarô Kataoka.
The Emperor goes down March 8, 2013.