Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jul 2013)
Brief Synopsis – After the Japanese surrender in 1945, General Douglas MacArthur is tasked with finding Japanese war criminals and rebuilding the Japanese government. He tasks General Bonner Fellows with finding the Japanese Emperor Hirohito and bring him to justice.
My Take on it – Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox are both great in this movie as two important historical figures tasked with rebuilding a war torn Japan. The problem is that the story and plot aren’t strong enough.
When I first saw the preview for this movie, I mistakenly thought that this movie was a murder-mystery and was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t.
The first half of the movie is quite convoluted and difficult to grasp what is really going on. The flashback scenes and the present are so intermingled that you can’t tell what is present and what is past. The love story seemed very out of place and only helps to confuse things even more.
Th second half of the movie is more focused and if they only had used that as a base for the first half, the movie might have been much better.
I don’t know how historically accurate this movie is, but as a fan of historical movies, I learned a lot about post war Japan and found the second half to be very entertaining.
Too bad you can’t just chop off the first half of this movie and enjoy the second half on its own.
Bottom Line – Good historical movie, but not done well enough.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy