Emperor (film)

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Emperor
Emperor (Film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Webber
Produced byRuss Krasnoff
Gary Foster
Yoko Narahashi
Eugene Nomura
Written byVera Blasi
David Klass
Based onHis Majesty's Salvation 
by Shiro Okamoto
StarringTommy Lee Jones
Matthew Fox
Eriko Hatsune
Toshiyuki Nishida
Masatoshi Nakamura
Kaori Momoi
Colin Moy
Music byAlex Heffes
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Editing byChris Plummer
StudioKrasnoff Foster Productions
United Performers' Studio
Distributed byRoadside Attractions
Lionsgate (US)
Shochiku Company (Japan)
Release dates
  • September 14, 2012 (2012-09-14) (TIFF)
  • March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08) (US limited)
  • July 27, 2013 (2013-07-27) (Japan)
Running time105 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Japan
LanguageEnglish
Japanese
Box office$14,667,451[2]
 
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Emperor
Emperor (Film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Webber
Produced byRuss Krasnoff
Gary Foster
Yoko Narahashi
Eugene Nomura
Written byVera Blasi
David Klass
Based onHis Majesty's Salvation 
by Shiro Okamoto
StarringTommy Lee Jones
Matthew Fox
Eriko Hatsune
Toshiyuki Nishida
Masatoshi Nakamura
Kaori Momoi
Colin Moy
Music byAlex Heffes
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Editing byChris Plummer
StudioKrasnoff Foster Productions
United Performers' Studio
Distributed byRoadside Attractions
Lionsgate (US)
Shochiku Company (Japan)
Release dates
  • September 14, 2012 (2012-09-14) (TIFF)
  • March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08) (US limited)
  • July 27, 2013 (2013-07-27) (Japan)
Running time105 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Japan
LanguageEnglish
Japanese
Box office$14,667,451[2]

Emperor is a 2012 American-Japanese post-World War II film directed by Peter Webber, marking his first film in five years. Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox star in lead roles as General Douglas MacArthur and Brigadier General Bonner Fellers respectively. It is a joint American and Japanese production.[3]

Plot[edit]

Set during the occupation of Japan, Brigadier General Bonner Fellers is tasked by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to investigate the role of Emperor Hirohito in World War II, in order to establish if he should be tried as a war criminal.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Principal photography began in January 2012 in New Zealand.[4]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival[5] and saw a limited release in the United States on March 8, 2013. Both Foster and Jones attended a Japan premiere along with several Japanese actors and actresses on July 18, 2013,[6] preceding its opening in the cinemas nationwide in Japan on July 27.[7]

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews, with a 31% rating based on 86 reviews on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus 'Despite a typically strong performance from Tommy Lee Jones, Emperor does little with its fascinating historical palate, and is instead bogged down in a cliched romantic subplot.'[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EMPEROR (12A)". The Works UK Distribution. British Board of Film Classification. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Emperor (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. June 13, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ IMDb: Emperor - Country Linked 2013-06-05
  4. ^ Bettinger, Brendan (November 2, 2011). "Peter Webber to Direct WWII Love Story EMPEROR; Filming Begins January 2012". Collider.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Vlessing, Etan (August 14, 2012). "Toronto 2012: Paul Andrew Williams’ 'Song for Marion' to Close 37th Edition". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ ""Emperor" Japan premiere". Keizo Mori (UPI). 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Fox tackles history in ‘Emperor’". Giovanni Fazio (The Japan Times). 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  8. ^ Emperor - Rotten Tomatoes

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