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Emperor (2012)

PG-13 Drama, History, War
Emperor DVD and Blu-ray release date was August 13, 2013. Redbox release date is August 13, 2013 (estimated).
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AmazonAugust 13, 2013Aug 13, 2013 calendar
Amazon Prime VideoJuly 30, 2013Jul 30, 2013
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DVD rentalAugust 13, 2013Aug 13, 2013


Starring: Matthew Fox, Colin Moy, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Peter Webber
Writer: Vera Blasi, David Klass, Shiro Okamoto
In Theaters: July 27, 2013
Runtime: 105 min
Gross: $3.3 mil            6.5
It is 1945, and Japan has just surrendered, bringing a definitive end to the Second World War. Douglas MacArthur is left in command of the U.S. forces which occupy Japan, and now an aide, Bonner Fellers, is the general on MacArthur's staff who must decide whether or not the U.S. will hang Japan's Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal. Complicating matters is Fellers' own love for Aya, a Japanese exchange student to the United States from his past. After years of war and the hate that such conflict inevitably inspires, Fellers is left somewhat at odds - he loves Aya, and he scours Japan's decimated, war-torn landscape in an effort to find her. On the other hand, anti-Japanese sentiment and the dual burdens of making a decision re: Hirohito that will satisfy both the constraints of political expedience and the need to give a positive portrayal of American might and U.S. exceptionalism are high. As Emperor progresses, Fellers' search for Aya forces him to confront the human cost of war and the multi-layered dynamics of what his verdict - life or death for the semi-divinized leader of a defeated foe - will mean for himself, for Aya, and for the course of human history.