Emperor

In limited release comes Emperor, a World War II-era drama starring Matthew Fox as Bonner Fellers, an Army official sent to Japan to assist General MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) during the American occupation of Japan. While the film has a basis in reality, the addition of a flashback-driven romantic subplot ends up dominating what has the potential to be a rather intriguing story, namely: the level of involvement held by Emperor Hirohito in World War II, particularly in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. While Fox gives a decent performance, the film would benefit greatly from more screen time from Jones. Still, Emperor is an above-average historical drama, and audiences looking for a solid entry into this genre could certainly do worse.

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