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.
Why Is Emperor Rated PG-13?
Emperor is rated PG-13 for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical).
Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Emperor...
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.
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The lives of historical military leaders have been the bases for other movie scripts including Patton and Lawrence of Arabia. Japan’s World War II invasion on Pearl Harbor (that brought the US into the battle) is dramatized in Tora! Tora! Tora!.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Details on home video releases of Emperor...
Emperor releases to home video non August 13, 2013, with the following extras:
- Revenge or Justice - The Making of Emperor” featurette
- Audio commentary with director Peter Webber and producer Yôko Narahashi
- Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
- Historical Photo Gallery
- Deleted Scenes