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Matthew Fox (WORLD WAR Z, I, ALEX CROSS, "Lost") joins with Academy Award (R) winner Tommy Lee Jones (LINCOLN, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE FUGITIVE, HOPE SPRINGS), newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki Nishida (GET UP!, TSURIBAKA NISSHI 14, TSURIBAKA NISSHI 6, GAKKO, DUN-HUANG) 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's all done with care and authentic Japanese locations ... But there's scant drama."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Half crinoline romance, half crusty military-history lesson."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"The little-known historical events provide a pointed exploration of a momentous collision of two cultures."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Hokey monologues about the finger of historical blame are interspersed with perfume-ad flashbacks to idyllic days of love; you half expect Andrew Lloyd Webber to descend from on high to provide a few touching show tunes."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Solidly crafted. Totally pointless."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"A stodgy movie that mixes dubious history with a clichéd, Madame Butterfly romance story, set in the period immediately following Japan's surrender in 1945."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Offers a labored treatise on the Japanese national character, with endless speeches about honor, devotion, loyalty, and the people's reverence for their emperor as a human deity."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"Emperor will do well enough. But if you want a more nuanced take on the same events, check out Alexander Sokurov's extraordinary The Sun"
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"The climax, when MacArthur finally meets Hirohito, is fascinating - and validated by the end-credit, picture-led round-up of what happened to the leading characters."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Emperor is dutiful, patient and almost entirely without flair."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, Guardian
"Emperor falls prey to the temptations endemic to historical docudrama: the desire to pack a miniseries' worth of events into one feature-length film, with romance tossed in for added appeal."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Just a dull procedural, with the bland Matthew Fox driving around in a jeep and asking questions and not having them answered."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Fun when Jones is around, dull when he's not, it's all just a little bit of history repeating."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"Undemanding, handsome and played with conviction, but sorely missing any sense of urgency."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"An attempt to spice up a true story with fictional characters and events leaves this film feeling artificial."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
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