'Emperor' stirs deep emotions in Japan and U.S.

tags: World War II, Hollywood, Japan, movies, Emperor, MacArthur, Hirohito, LA Times



Emotions have been running high at screenings of the historical drama "Emperor."

The Japanese American coproduction, which opens Friday, revolves around the dilemma Gen. Douglas MacArthur faced as he tried to restore order in post-World War II Japan: Should the country's divine leader, Emperor Hirohito, stand trial and face certain death on war crimes charges?

When the producers screened "Emperor" recently in Japan, producer Gary Foster said, many men were in tears as they left the theater.

"It was almost a cathartic moment," he said....



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