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Emperor Movie Trailer. Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox and Eriko Hatsune star in the World War II historical drama, based on the book His Majesty's Salvation by Shiro Okamoto. Watch the movie trailer for Emperor below. As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, General Bonner Fellers (Fox) is tasked by General Douglas MacArthur (Jones) with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya (Hatsune), an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

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  • Release Date: March 8, 2013 (limited)
  • Studio: Roadside Attractions
  • Genre: War, Drama, Adaptation
  • Director: Peter Webber
  • Screenwriter: David Klass, Vera Blasi
  • Official Website: Emperor-TheMovie.com
  • Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Eriko Hatsune, Masayoshi Haneda, Toshiyuki Nishida
  • Running Time: 1 hr. 38 min.
  • MPAA Rating: (PG-13) for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical).


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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