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1[[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/emperor.png]]께''Emperor'' is a 2012 HistoricalFiction film about the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, starring Creator/TommyLeeJones and Creator/MatthewFox.께The [[TheEmperor Emperor's position in Japan]] has been seen as a god by the Japanese people for hundreds of years, and the current emperor Hirohito is no exception; this opinion does not falter even after the bombs which decimated Hiroshima and Nagasaki fell. General Douglas [=MacArthur=] (Jones) is sent to Japan to secure the Emperor's surrender, which begins with the arrest and detainment of 30 of the Emperor's top men. But this is just the beginning, as [=MacArthur=] assigns one of his intelligence officers, Brigadier General Bonner Fellers (Fox) to perform research and investigations into what should be the Emperor's fate; the famous General believes that the Japanese situation could become a powder keg if anything untoward were to happen to their beloved monarch, and Fellers is to verify that such would indeed happen, to justify pardoning the leader.께Fellers also has a personal stake in Japan and its relationship to the west; his girlfriend Aya (ErikoHatsune), whom he met in college 11 years ago, now lives in Tokyo, and Fellers is concerned for her safety, as well as what the surrender of, basically her god, could mean to them.께NeedsWikiMagicLove!께----!!Contains examples of:* BreakTheCutie: Aya, when her father died; she returned to Japan and became a withdrawn, saddened English teacher who is initially very cold to Fellers.* TheBigBoard: Feller's investigations center on this, the 32 men most close to Hirohito, divided into three categories; Military, Imperial and Political.* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Aya]].* DrivenToSuicide: Ritual to the Japanese after defeat in battle, to avoid prosecution or prevent the enemy from negatively influencing their loved ones or associates.** Tojo is the first we see explicitly, it only being AttemptedSuicide and a GoryDiscretionShot notwithstanding. [[spoiler: He was hanged.]]** [[spoiler: Konoe committed suicide after the events of the movie.]]* {{Flashback}}: When Kōichi Kido meets Fellers. ** TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Feller's ones with Aya.* GloryHound: For all his badassery, [=MacArthur=] sure does like to take a bunch of pictures. It's suggested that he wants to become the next President, and will perhaps throw Fellers under the bus to get there. It's left unclear whether any of this is actually true or just unfounded suspicions. * GodEmperor: Hirohito's status throughout the war years. He gives up his status as a god after meeting [=MacArthur=], though he retains his throne. * HappyEnding: Fellers makes the good decision to advice [=MacArthur=] to make the good decision of allowing the reconstruction of Japan with the help of the Emperor.* INeedAFreakingDrink: Once the peace in Japan is saved, Fellers and Takahashi go for a drink. * IronicEcho: When Fullers first meets General Kajima before the war, he confidently declares that if fighting should start Japan will win due to their single-minded devotion to the emperor. When they meet after the war, Kajima laments that their single-minded devotion led them to do barbaric things. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Despite [=MacArthur=] being instructed in proper Imperial meeting protocol, he ignores all of it, but the Emperor doesn't mind at all. [=MacArthur=] stayed and helped the restoration of Japan until he was relieved by Eisenhower.]]* NotSoDifferent: Funimaro Konoe, former Prime Minister of Japan, pulls this on Fellers when discussing how international leaders had taken over lands in the past, and Japan was just following America's "fine example."* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [=MacArthur=] seems like a hard-nosed glory hound, but he takes his responsibility to rebuild Japan and prevent further bloodshed seriously and when he finally meets with the emperor he simply asks for Hirohito's help in doing just that. * SceneryGorn: Fellers strolls around Tokyo and several other places surveying the destruction caused by bombing raids.** When Kōichi Kido recounts the 9th of August in Tokyo, all we can see are crumbling buildings in flames.* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: While talking with Takahashi, Fellers essentially says that the Imperial Japanese are evil while the Americans are the good guys, which Takahashi argues isn't a fair assessment to make; the United States, like the Japanese, are guilty of many imperialist actions and other atrocities, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion so why is America getting away with it when Japan can't?]]* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Historical movies usually have this, and this one's no exception, detailing the fates, of Tojo, Konoe, Sekiya, Kido, Fellers, [=MacArthur=] and Hirohito.----

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