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A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, inspired by true events and starring Matthew Fox and Academy Award®-winner Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur. Immediately after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender, General MacArthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation. He challenges his expert on Japanese culture - General Fellers (Fox) - to provide evidence in 10 short days to decide if the Japanese Emperor, worshipped as a god by his people but accused of war crimes, should be punished or saved. The fate of a nation awaits…
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 86
- Fresh: 27
- Rotten: 59
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Mr. Jones's performance is the only spark within this otherwise dull, well-mannered exercise.
Rotten: The effort to put a personal face on the major issue of occupation is as timely as Iraq and Afghanistan, but the execution is clumsy and cliche-ridden.
Rotten: The subject is intrinsically compelling, yet the central story is padded with an uninvolving love story that functions mostly as obvious symbolism about compassion for the enemy.
Rotten: Half crinoline romance, half crusty military-history lesson.
Excellent casting in this movie. I enjoyed every minute of this movie, and learned a few things along the way. You can't trust Tomatoes, watch this movie.
A Movie With Learning
This movie's review of a little known piece of the end of WW II in Japan, and one that served a foundational moment for the emergence of Honda, Toyota and Japan in general in the world we know today, should be a mandatory watch in most US schools, as the key components of history just don't get taught anymore like this. Fantastic subject, well acted, and again much better than many attempts in film to portray history.
Actually, this is a pretty fantastic movie that sheds light on a little known moment in history of our country. And the ruins of Tokyo look cool in a post apocalyptic kinda way.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2013
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