COLLECT WATCH TRACK RATE REVIEW APP
Manage your own movie collection and always keep it with you with our Apps. Price track movies and get price drop notifications instantly. Become a member to take full advantage of all site features.
GET STARTED

Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Y Tu Mamá También (Blu-ray)
$19.99
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu-ray)
$19.96
The East (Blu-ray)
$6.99
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Blu-ray)
$24.99
Tinto Brass: Maestro of Erotica Cinema (Blu-ray)
$45.34
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray)
$18.96
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
$29.99
Like Water for Chocolate (Blu-ray)
$9.29
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray)
$74.99
The Fault in Our Stars (Blu-ray)
$24.99
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
$39.99
Homeland: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
$31.99
Game of Thrones - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
$39.99
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season (Blu-ray)
$34.99
Friends: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
$110.00
Chuck: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
$66.99
Deadwood: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
$59.96
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Blu-ray)
$22.99


Emperor


2012 | 98 min | PG-13 | 2.39:1

Emperor

Rating


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
6.4
12
ratings.


User reviews


No user reviews yet, post one

Movie appeal

 
War100%
Drama98%
History85%
4
fans

176
Blu-ray
collections
5
DVD
collections
31
UV
collections
2
iTunes
collections

Theatrical release date


 08 March, 2013
 04 October, 2013

Country of origin


 United States

Box office


 $3,346,265

Links


                 

Overview Releases Preview Cast & crew Screenshots User reviews News Forum

Emperor

 (2012)

Screenshots from Emperor Blu-ray

Emperor Preview  

4
 / 10
Preview by Brian Orndorf, March 7, 2013

Many films dramatize the aftermath of World War II, but few have tackled the immediate steps of research after combat has ceased. There’s a novelty to “Emperor” that makes it inviting, investigating conversations concerning the reconstruction of Japan mere days after atomic bombs were dropped in 1945. An historical treatment seems to be a perfectly acceptable route for the production to take, yet “Emperor” is concerned that hardened men talking procedural events won’t make much of a movie, so a romantic subplot is introduced, trying to humanize the enormity of war. It’s an unnecessary addition, but there’s a lot more disappointment to come with this lackluster effort.



Arriving in Japan to oversee the possibility of renewal after Nagasaki and Hiroshima were flattened by advanced U.S. weaponry, leading to Emperor Hirohito’s order of surrender, General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones, in a glorified cameo) puts General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) in charge of the ruler’s fate. Handed ten days to decide if Hirohito should be tried for war crimes, Fellers commences his investigation, working through the Japanese military ranks in an effort to gather evidence before the shamed men commit suicide. While playing careful political and psychological games with the fallen enemy, Fellers also has his eye on another quest, hoping to track down lost love Aya (Eriko Hatsune), a beautiful Japanese woman he met while she attended college in America. Taking their tentative romance to Japan, much to the concern of her connected father, Aya and Fellers fight to preserve their love, only to be confronted with a world inching closer to war, forcing them to part. Paired with translator Takahashi (Masayoshi Haneda), Fellers is caught between his national duty and heartsick obsession, finding his focus on justice softened by his love for Japan.

“Emperor” is a stately picture, boasting fine cinematography and a production design that explores the annihilation of the land and its remaining pockets of prosperity, home to a network of Japanese officials Fellers is in charge of collection and questioning. From a technical viewpoint, there’s not much to object to, finding the picture tasteful as it recreates a post-WWII atmosphere of paranoia and suffering. Director Peter Webber (“The Girl with a Pearl Earring”) reveals offers confidence with the war material, encouraging a steely mood as MacArthur’s unit arrives to sort out a shell-shocked country, working through the ranks to find answers concerning the true identity of the man who ordered the Peal Harbor attack, hoping to funnel blame toward a single individual to satisfy military and public appetites for revenge back home. Observing the clash of customs and the frightening might of the atomic bomb, the feature does a serviceable job finding a rhythm of analysis with a most guarded opponent.



When that procedural concentration is broken by Fellers’s personal crusade to find Aya, “Emperor” is left with little to work with. The romantic angle of the screenplay feels too calculated to soften the feature for a wider audience, slowing the film to a crawl as Fox and Hatsune flounder with little chemistry, while the lead actor appears woefully out of place with a character that demands a certain release of defenselessness he’s incapable of communicating. The subplot hopes to introduce a little tenderness and tragedy to strengthen Fellers’s motivation and complicate his ultimate mission of judgment, giving the man a front row seat to the pre-war turmoil of Japan, only to return years later to decide its fate. The emphasis on Fellers’s emotional volatility is intriguing, but unfilled by thin writing and poor execution, presented as a soap opera when the movie is more effective as a military drama.



“Emperor” has a genuinely meaningful performance from Haneda, who’s terrific in limited scenes, while Jones stomps around with his customary poker-faced attitude, playing himself more than MacArthur. However, his small contributions are welcome as “Emperor” loses steam, slowing down to a stop before a nifty conclusion arrives, where MacArthur meets with a trembling Hirohito. It’s such a stimulating scene, it makes the rest of picture seem positively wasteful, working with such lofty schemes of judgment and romance, yet nothing can top a straightforward moment of two world leaders in a room trying to communicate their intentions.

Starring: Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida, Masayoshi Haneda, Takatarô Kataoka
Director: Peter Webber

» See full cast & crew


Emperor, Forum Discussions



Topic
Replies
Last post


Have you seen this movie?



Rate and write your own review

 


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals



* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.



Top Blu-ray Deals

 


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »


 Top movies


Latest Deals United States



The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »


Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
3. Toy Story of Terror!
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
5. Y Tu Mamá También
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
7. Hercules
8. Tarzan
9. Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Four...
10. Leviathan
11. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
12. Once Upon a Time: The Complete Thir...
13. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
14. Muppets Most Wanted
15. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. T...

Trending in Theaters
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. The Expendables 3
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. 300: Rise of an Empire
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
7. Noah
8. Divergent
9. Muppets Most Wanted
10. Let's Be Cops
11. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
12. The Giver
13. Locke
14. X-Men: Days of Future Past
15. Into the Storm

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
2.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2
4.  Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series
5.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
6.  Divergent
7.  Good Will Hunting
8.  Good Morning, Vietnam
9.  The LEGO Movie
10.  X-Men: Days of Future Past
  » See more top sellers


Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2.  Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series
3.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
4.  X-Men: Days of Future Past
5.  Transformers: Age of Extinction
6.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourt...
7.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
8.  Godzilla 3D
9.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3D
10.  How to Train Your Dragon 2
  » See more pre-orders


Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
$24.96, Save 46%
2.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
$19.96, Save 45%
3.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2
$18.96, Save 54%
4.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
$29.99, Save 63%
5.  Divergent
$19.96, Save 50%
6.  Good Will Hunting
$7.50, Save 50%
7.  The LEGO Movie
$17.96, Save 50%
8.  Y Tu Mamá También
$19.99, Save 50%
9.  Transformers: Age of Extinction
$19.99, Save 50%
10.  Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
$19.99, Save 50%
  » See more deals



Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals


Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

 United States


$39.95 $19.99





Y Tu Mamá También

 United States


$39.95 $19.99





The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 United States


$35.99 $19.96





Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »



This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 Blu-ray.com. All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices