Emperor Movie

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A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, Emperor unfolds the story, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of postwar Japan.

Who's Involved:

Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Gary Foster, Peter Webber, Russ Krasnoff, Eriko Hatsune, Kaori Momoi, Toshiyuki Nishida, Vera Blasi, Colin Moy, David Klass

Release Date:

Friday, March 8, 2013 Nationwide

violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical)
Runtime: 1 hr, 38 m
Language: English, Japanese

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Plot: What's the story about?

Starring Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, and newcomer Eriko Hatsune, Emperor brings 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 culture - General Bonner Fellers (Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved?

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Who stars in Emperor: Cast List

... Gen. Bonner Fellers

We Are Marshall, World War Z  

... Gen. Douglas MacArthur

The Burial, The Family  


... Gen. Kajima

The Ramen Girl  

... Mitsuko Kajima

Ghost in the Shell, Too Much (series)  

... Gen. Richter

In My Father's Den  

Who's making Emperor: Crew List

A look at the Emperor behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Peter Webber last directed Earth: One Amazing Day and Hannibal Rising. The film's writer Vera Blasi last wrote The Lions of Al-Rassan and Pontius Pilate.


Gary Foster
Russ Krasnoff

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Production: What we know about Emperor?

Key Facts

  1. Premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
  2. Inspired by true events.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2013 - January: The film was set to Completed  status.
  2. 2012 - May: The film was set to Post-Production  status.
  3. 2011 - November: The film was set to Pre-Production  status.

    Production is due to begin January 2012 with lensing to take place in New Zealand and Japan.

  4. 2011 - November: The film was set to Announced  status.

Emperor Release Date: When was the film released?

Emperor was a Nationwide release in 2013 on Friday, March 8, 2013. There were 13 other movies released on the same date, including Oz: The Great and Powerful, Dead Man Down and Greedy Lying Bastards.

Emperor DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: When was the film released?

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Emperor was released on DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 .

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