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6.51 h 45 min2013X-Ray13+
As General Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal in post-WWII Japan, he is influenced by his search for an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
Peter Webber
Matthew FoxTommy Lee JonesColin Moy
English [CC]
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Masayoshi Haneda
Gary FosterRuss KrasnoffEugene NomuraYôko Narahashi
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4.2 out of 5 stars

459 global ratings

  1. 65% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Caleb RussellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Satisfying, Emotional Behind-the-Scenes Look into Post-War Japan
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I really enjoyed this film. The performances are superb, as are the set pieces. The based-on-true-story account of the man, General Fellers, who was sent to assess whether justice required the god-like Japanese Emperor to be executed for initiating World War Two (specifically the bombing attack of Pearl Harbor). General Fellers is a man conflicted by a love interest of his, a Japanese woman he met and fell in love with during the late 1930s. The film gives us a glimpse into the history that took place immediately after the surrender of the Emperor/Japan, and what took place thereafter. Very interesting and satisfying film.
3 people found this helpful
Edgar R WagnerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
The potential was definitely there to make a great film. It is about whether or not to ...
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I nearly gave it four stars, but in the end went for three stars. It's OK. The potential was definitely there to make a great film. It is about whether or not to try Emperor Hirohito for war crimes, and, for what it is worth, I think that General MacArthur's decision not to try him was the correct one. Wars will always happen, and this one was going to happen whoever gave the order to start it. The real question that should have been asked, in my opinion, is not whether he countersigned the order for Pearl Harbor, (he almost certainly did), but whether Hirohito was directly responsible for the atrocities committed by Japanese troops, (almost certainly not). Was the superficiality of the arguments and the investigation why this film failed? Probably not.

Interwoven with that is a love story sub-plot. Personally, I suspect that the love story sub-plot was the reason why this film failed to gel. The love story sub-plot as presented in the film raised a lot of questions that simply weren't answered.
4 people found this helpful
rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
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After 'Hiroshima' and 'Nagasaki' August 1945, 'Emperor Hirohito' surrenders.
'General Douglas MacArthur' leads the post-war occupation force with the
task of rebuilding 'Japan'
His orders also include bringing both politicians and military responsible for
the war and atrocities to book, the order also includes proving the 'Emperor'
to be responsible.
The Supreme Commander General MacArthur' instructs 'General Bonner Fellers'
to collect the evidence and investigate the 'Emperor' to see if sufficient grounds
can be found to effect charges against him.
'Bonner Fellers' had been chosen to lead the investigation because of his Knowledge
of 'Japan'
'Bonner' prior to the outbreak of war had romantic links with 'Aya' , now he's back
in 'Japan' he try's to determine whether she'd survived.
The film is based on real-events that took place after the 'Japanese' surrender.
An absorbing and well portrayed account of the investigations into war-crimes after
the surrender.
Good picture and sound quality on the HD format.
(wonder how many allied personnel would have been investigated had the outcome
been reversed.....just a thought.)
Personally, as much as I like this type of drama, war itself is a criminal occurrence in
my view.
Well worth a viewing if you have interest in historical drama
2 people found this helpful
DexterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
This event is the beginning
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of the Japanese to believe they are the victim of the war and never feel real guilty about their war crime.

This is why they are still using 'The Rising Sun Flag' not like the Nazi flag in Germany.

This historic event may have been a shock to Japanese but it was insulting to the other countries that suffered from Japan.

IMO, this movie is trying to justify the whole damn things.
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Mr. R. StantonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 February 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hidden Agenda
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I thought this was a fairly decent drama set after the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War as General MacArthur tasks one man to investigate the government and military officials who were responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbour and ultimately to discover whether the Emperor of Japan himself should stand trial for war crimes. It's made more interesting because the 2 central characters also have their own agendas, General MacArthur's bid for presidency and Bonner Fellers search for the woman he loved before war broke out between their 2 nations. Both leads do a decent job, well worth watching if you have an interest in the era.
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ROBZ3021Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Good movie with great actors. It does a excellent job of showing that Japans politics was more complex that commonly thought.
Simon macReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Turgid and weak melodrama
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Romantic sub plot totally unnecessary and unreal. A General who looks about 21. A plot that goes slower than a slow boat to Japan...
António Luís Lopes ChavesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great historical movie.
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Great historical movie with excellent actors and actresses.
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