A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, Emperor unfolds the story—inspired by true events—of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of postwar Japan. General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender. He assigns an expert in Japanese culture—and psychological warfare—General Bonner Fellers (Matthew 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? Caught between the high-wire political intrigue of his urgent mission and his own impassioned search for the mysterious school teacher (Eriko Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan, Fellers can be certain only that the tricky subterfuge about to play out will forever change the history of two nations and his heart.
Directed by Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring)