In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “A unique perspective on the war and the actions of both sides, that I really enjoyed seeing for the first time.”
“This has nothing to do with punishment, Your Majesty. I need your help. So, let’s see what we can do to get Japan back on its feet.”
As far as movies about the Second World War go, the battles in Europe against the Germans get way more attention than the battles in the Pacific against the Japanese. And even when there are movies about the battle in the Pacific against the Japanese, they seem to be mostly concerned with jungle warfare on tiny, remote islands. And I never thought there was another story to be told, until I watched Emperor. Now, I can’t believe there aren’t more movies about this amazingly interesting subject; How did Japan rebuild after America dropped two atomic bombs?
The Japanese have surrendered, and General Douglas McArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) has been tasked with getting the country back on its feet. To help, he enlists General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox). Fellers has been tracking down Japanese war criminals and now he has to go after the most high profile of all, Japanese Emperor Hirohito (Katataro Kataoka). But the thing is, trying the supreme leader of Japan for war crimes isn’t as cut and dry as it may seem. It might keep the American public happy, but it would also leave Japan open to takeover by the communist Chinese. (more…)