Emperor

(2013)

A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, EMPEROR tells the story, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of post-war Japan. Starring Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, and newcomer Eriko Hatsune, EMPEROR brings 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?

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Emperor’ 'Revenge or Justice' Featurette

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Emperor’ 'Revenge or Justice' Featurette

The filmmakers behind the World War II drama Emperor take us behind-the-scenes in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD. Tommy Lee Jones stars as General Douglas MacArthur, who arrived in Japan in 1945 shortly after Emperor Hirohito surrendered at the end of World War II. Crew members describe how they turned modern-day New Zealand into 1940s Japan to recreate historic moments such as MacArthur's arrival in the country.

General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) is sent to Japan immediately after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender in 1945 and suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation. He challenges his expert of Japanese culture - General Fellers (Matthew Fox) - to provide evidence in 10 short days to decide if the Japanese Emperor, worshipped as a God by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? The fate of a nation awaits...

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‘Emperor’ Trailer Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox

‘Emperor’ Trailer Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox

Roadside Attractions has debuted the first trailer for Emperor, director Peter Webber's true-story drama that offers history buffs a new look at the American occupation of Japan following World War II. Tommy Lee Jones stars as General Douglas MacArthur, who becomes the interim ruler of Japan after Emperor Hirohito surrenders. Matthew Fox plays General Bonner Fellers, an expert in Japanese culture who MacArthur brings in to determine whether or not the Emperor must be punished for his war crimes. Take a look at the latest footage from this drama based on an incredible true story, also starring Eriko Hatsune.

Emperor was released March 8th, 2013.

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‘Emperor’ 'They Will Get the Picture' Clip

‘Emperor’ 'They Will Get the Picture' Clip

The first clip has been released for Emperor, director Peter Webber's drama that made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. Tommy Lee Jones stars as General Douglas MacArthur, who becomes the de facto leader of Japan after World War II. He enlists the help of General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), an expert in Japanese culture, to determine whether or not Emperor Hirohito should be punished for his war crimes. Take a look at this scene where MacArthur instructs his American troops not to take any weapons into Japan.

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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Tommy Lee Jones Joins ‘Emperor’

Tommy Lee Jones has joined the cast of Emperor for director Burr Steers and Exclusive Media Group. We reported earlier this month that Matthew Fox joined the cast.

The project is inspired by the true events surrounding Japan's surrender which ended World War II. Tommy Lee Jones will play General Douglas MacArthur, who was deemed the de facto leader of Japan after their surrender. The story centers on MacArthur, who brings in a Japanese expert, General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) to decide whether Emperor Hirohito should be tried and executed as a war criminal. Fellers is also compromised by his love affair with a Japanese exchange student he previously met in the United States.

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Matthew Fox Set to Star in ‘Emperor’

Lost's Matthew Fox has signed on to star in director Peter Webber's Japan-set political thriller Emperor.

Inspired by true events, Emperor is an epic story of love and understanding set amidst the uncertainties of the days following the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, when General Douglas MacArthur served as the de facto ruler of Japan as supreme commander of the occupying forces.

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