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Emperor (2013)




Drama, History

Release Date

March 08, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating



98 min.


Roadside Attractions

Official Site

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Cast and Crew


Peter Webber


Gary Foster, Yoko Narahashi, Eugene Nomura


David Klass, Vera Blasi


  • Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur
  • Matthew Fox as General Bonner Fellers
  • Eriko Hatsune
  • Toshiyuki Nishida
  • Kaori Momoi
  • Masato Ibu


A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, EMPEROR unfolds the story, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of post-war Japan.

Matthew Fox joins Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones and newcomer Eriko Hatsune to bring to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender. As General Douglas MacArthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture - General Bonner Fellers (Fox), 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?

Caught between the high-wire political intrigue of his urgent mission and his own impassioned search for the mysterious school teacher (Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan, Fellers can be certain only that the tricky subterfuge about to play out will forever change the history of two nations and his heart.

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Matthew Fox stars as General Bonner Fellers and Eriko Hatsune stars as Aya Shimada in Roadside Attractions' Emperor (2013)
Tommy Lee Jones stars as General Douglas MacArthur and Isao Natsuyagi stars as Teizaburo Sekiya in Roadside Attractions' Emperor (2013)

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“..those sequences are a clunky means of conflating the personal and political, and are ultimately low-lighted by abjectly corny scenes of Fox and Hatsune slo-mo frolicking in a sun-dappled bamboo forest..”
by Nick Schager [Village Voice]
“..the film keeps cutting to flashbacks of Fellers' doomed relationship with a Japanese college student and here too the romance never quite transcends the history lesson..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..call it old-fashioned filmmaking, but you learn a lot and come away feeling an impact all too rare in movies today..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]