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Emperor

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. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 07 Mar 2013
Video Release: 13 Aug 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Recent interviews and discovery of records reveal that Japanese nationals were involved in heinous war crimes including experiments carried out on live men, women and children involving surgical mutations and testing of chemical and biological agents. A 1995 article in the New York Times reveals that the US Army granted immunity from war crimes prosecution to the doctors involved.

What responsibility would the Emperor hold for these crimes? Do you think he should be accountable even if he wasn’t aware of what was happening?

Learn more about General MacArthur and his role in Japan’s surrender.

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About the Reviewer: Rod Gustafson

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