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Overall B

After Japan surrenders to the US military, ending WWII, General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) must enter the country looking like a liberator, not a conqueror. Stepping into the shoes of the former Emperor, MacArthur looks to his advisor on Japanese culture (Matthew Fox) to avoid any missteps.

Violence C+
Sexual Content B
Profanity C-
Substance Use C

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical).

Why is Emperor rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Emperor is rated PG-13 for for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical).

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Violence: Mass destruction is seen after nuclear bombs are dropped. Actual wartime footage of the bomb dropping is included. Black and white photos of a Japanese soldier about to decapitate a man are very briefly seen. Discussions of men taking their own lives to avoid arrest are heard. A gunshot is heard and a man is seen with his head lying on a blood-covered desk after taking his life. Another character shoots himself behind an obscure glass window, with blood spurting onto the glass. A man is hit by a rock, leaving a small bloody wound on his forehead. A man, after consuming multiple drinks in a bar, engages in a fight with other men who are making derogatory remarks toward him.

Sexual Content: Prostitutes are depicted. A man and woman kiss passionately.

Language: A single sexual expletive is heard along with other infrequent profanities.

Drugs/Alcohol: Many scenes depict smoking. A few scenes depict drinking, sometimes to the point of drunkenness. An intoxicated man starts a fight in a bar.

Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence. Coarse Language.
Alberta PG Coarse Language, Violence.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended For Young Children, Violence.
Ontario PG Violence, Language May Offend.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG