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  • Perfume River, Hue, Vietnam
    RIP the souls of a nation: Vietnam's imperial tombs
    Here’s the projectand money’s no object: build a place away from work and home where you can just get away from it all. Surround yourself with your friends, do what makes you happy and stay there for eternity. If you were a Nguyen...
  • The reversed emperor: Wishy Washy
    The reversed emperor: Wishy washy
    In the upright position, the emperor brings to mind power. We envision a strong authority figure who is respected and whose word is the final say in any situation. This is the boss. This is the father figure. This is the ruling entity of a group,...
  • Black Sabbath
    New to heavy metal? Wondering where to start?
    Every hardened rivethead remembers the day they were turned on to heavy metal. For me, it was in 1979, when I first heard Black Sabbath’s “N.I.B” off the band’s self-titled debut. I was very fortunate because I then began...
  • The empress and emperor partnership
    The empress and emperor partnership
    The Empress and Emperor can be thought of as a set of parents. The Empress, as a mother, sees the potential in a being and can nurture it in this direction. In many ways, this is how she would raise a child. She would provide for, and be empathic...
  • Emperor
    Emperor takes you inside the investigation of Japanese war crimes of WWII
    Historical dramas are a tricky genre as most of the history itself is interesting, but the stuff leading up to it is not. Depending on how the film is crafted and those involve really determine how well the film works overall. The latest Emperor...
  • Emperor
    'Emperor' is some solid war torn drama
    With TIFF 2013 at our doorstep it feels only appropriate that films from TIFF 2012 are hitting store shelves everywhere on DVD and Blu-Ray and only a click away via most major platforms. "Emperor" is a tightly wound drama that takes...
  • Emperor
    Blu-ray Review: 'Emperor'
    August 1945 was a pivotal month in the histories of both the United States and Japan. It saw the dropping of atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan’s surrender to Allied forces, and the start of the struggle to rebuild...
  • "Emperor" movie poster
    History not always told well in 'Emperor'
    “Emperor” is one of those movies that come across as a frustratingly missed opportunity. It’s the first contemporary Hollywood film set during the U.S.-led occupation of Japan at the close of World War II, and it uncovers a part...
  • Theatrical Releases Collage (2013-03-08)
    ‘Emperor’ loses war, ‘Table’ sets fire under seats in theaters
    Among the new movies that were released Friday, March 8 in theaters throughout the Valley are a post-WWII drama starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones and a documentary about hunger in America.‘Emperor’Matthew Fox plays a general who...
  • Obama complains "I'm not the Emperor"
    Obama complains "I'm not the Emperor"
    According to a report by the Weekly Standard, during a Google Hangout live video chat last Thursday (February 14), President Barack Obama complained that his problems include abiding by the laws of the United States, griping "I'm not the...
  • Matthew Fox
    'Emperor' debuts at Toronto International Film Festival
    Friday September 14, the new war drama "Emperor" debuted at Roy Thomson Hall at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was directed by Peter Webber and stars Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones and Eriko Hatsune.Gracing the red...
  • Imperial Crest of Japanese Emperor and Imperial Family
    National Foundation Day - February 11th
    February 11th marks National Foundation Day in Japan. This special, national holiday is considered extremely patriotic among the Japanese, and as such, it was banned with Japan’s surrender during World War II. In 1966, the holiday was...