Emperor Movie



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2013 | PG-13 | Drama Romance | 1hr, 38m

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.

U.S. Release Date

Emperor release date was Friday, March 8, 2013. This was a Nationwide in theaters release.

On Blu-ray & DVD

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Cast more cast

Matthew Fox
Gen. Bonner Fellers
Tommy Lee Jones
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Toshiyuki Nishida
Gen. Kajima
Kaori Momoi
Mitsuko Kajima
Colin Moy
Gen. Richter

Directed by

Peter Webber


Vera Blasi
David Klass


Rating MPAA

PG-13 for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical)


English, Japanese

Storylines 3 more

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?
official plot version from roadsideattractions.com

Trivia & Production Notes

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

Also Known As

  • The Man Who Saved The Emperor

Shooting Locations

  • January 2012: New Zealand
  • January 2012: Japan

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