Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Colin Moy
Director: Peter Webber
Running Time: 105 mins
Emperor is an American film about the aftermath of the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, and one man who is given the task of investigating and deciding whether Emperor Hirohito is to be hanged of being guilty of war crimes.
This was a very interesting film. It was evidently very factually accurate, and I was delighted by how it was focused on a topic which is rarely documented in film, the aftermath of the War in the Pacific, in comparison to the actual fighting between the US and Japan in such films as Tora! Tora! Tora!, Flags Of Our Fathers and so on.
However, in terms of its quality of being a good film, it wasn’t that great. It was often long-winded and dull, which caused me to lose concentration at certain points, and the soppy love story that was just chucked in the middle to make it a bit more dramatic was just not emotional enough and therefore quite distracting to see in the middle of the main story.
Overall, I’ll give this 6.8 because although it was interesting and factually accurate, it was just not really a good film to watch and enjoy.