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Starring Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox and newcomer Eriko Hatsune, “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 Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns a specialist in Japanese culture, Gen. 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?
The buzz: Despite a typically strong performance from Jones, Emperor does little with its fascinating historical palate, and is instead bogged down in a cliched romantic subplot.
Length: 105 min.
Show times: 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Maiden Alley Cinema.