As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
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Matthew Fox was not good in this film. He tries to speak Japanese but doesn't put any kind of Japanese accent on it. It seems pretty apparent that he speaks almost no Japanese and just memorized a few phrases. The casting director should have found someone who spoke fluent Japanese to make the role more believable. The romantic scenes weren't necessary throughout the whole film and shouldn't have been part of the movie. The trailers make it look like Tommy Lee Jones is the main character but he's not. He is a supporting character and that's it. This movie could have been so much better. There was literally almost zero action in the whole thing. It would have been nice to have flashbacks of a few battle scenes. Watch this if you're a fan of history and you can stream it for free.