The film examines the events surrounding an American Generals task of deciding if Japanese Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal, and how his relationship with Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S. affects the choices he makes.
"Emperor" is directed by Peter Webber ("Hannibal Rising") and features a cast that also includes Kaori Momoi, Eriko Hatsune, Takatarô Kataoka, and Toshiyuki Nishida.
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Here's the full synopsis:
A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, "Emperor" tells the story, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of post-war Japan. 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?
Roadside Attractions has picked up the film for distribution. It opens March 8, 2013 in limited theatrical release. For more info visit: http://www.emperor-themovie.com