“A grand historical drama of the kind too rarely seen these days, EMPEROR gives Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones a role he was born to play, legendary U.S. General Douglas MacArthur. …It is a story of love and war, of understanding and reconciliation, at a pivotal moment in global history….It falls to MacArthur to decide the Emperor of Japan’s fate in August 1945. He appoints his protégé General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), to head the investigation that will lead to that decision. As these two men grapple with their weighty responsibility, Fellers becomes entangled in a love affair with Aya, a Japanese exchange student. When Aya suddenly disappears, Fellers undertakes a search for her through the devastated country—a journey that will reawaken the compassion within him, and help him come to his momentous decision. Directed by Peter Webber (GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING, another sumptuous period piece)—EMPEROR is old-fashioned filmmaking in the best sense of the phrase”—Toronto International Film Fesival. PG-13 98 Min.
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