Published on February 5th, 2013 | by Chris
Coming Soon: Emperor
Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox star in Emperor... Have to say I like the look of this one. It appears at first glance they were able to film at least in part on location at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, at least it sure looks familiar. If not its one hell of a CG job. If so, I wonder what level of cooperation there was....
From the IMDB entry (I can't seem to find an official site that is up at the moment!):
A story of love and understanding set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. On the staff of General Douglas MacArthur (Jones), the de facto ruler of Japan as Supreme Commander of the occupying forces, a leading Japanese expert, General Bonner Fellers (Fox) is charged with reaching a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal? Interwoven is the story of Fellers' love affair with Aya, a Japanese exchange student he had met years previously in the U.S. Memories of Aya and his quest to find her in the ravaged post-war landscape help Fellers to discover both his wisdom and his humanity and enable him to come to the momentous decision that changed the course of history and the future of two nations.
And the trailer above.... Emperor opens March 8th. It will be interesting to see how the MacArthur and Hirohito characters are portrayed here. I know how this would have been written 60 years ago. I'm curious how much the general attitudes have changed.