The Emperor and a General

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Overview

This star-studded and relatively lavishly produced fact-based war drama, set in 1945 Japan during WW II, chronicles the attempts of Japan's War Minister, played by Toshiro Mifune, to prevent Emperor Hirohito from publicly broadcasting the declaration of surrender. The War Minister rallies those officers around him who also want to keep the war going. The conspirators murder the leader of the Imperial Guards and storm the palace. Fortunately they are stopped by the palace guard. On learning of this failure, the ...
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Overview

This star-studded and relatively lavishly produced fact-based war drama, set in 1945 Japan during WW II, chronicles the attempts of Japan's War Minister, played by Toshiro Mifune, to prevent Emperor Hirohito from publicly broadcasting the declaration of surrender. The War Minister rallies those officers around him who also want to keep the war going. The conspirators murder the leader of the Imperial Guards and storm the palace. Fortunately they are stopped by the palace guard. On learning of this failure, the War Minister commits suicide. At least one Western reviewer of this 1967 film for Variety still bore very harsh memories of the war and attributed all sorts of face-saving propagandistic intent by the Japanese to this relatively innocuous movie. He was particularly distressed that the aura of sanctity surrounding the Emperor remained intact and was even enhanced by this film; even so, he praised it as expertly acted and entertaining in its own right, despite being an apparently "official" film.
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Special Features

Interactive program notes; Image gallery; Trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • UPC: 737187011498
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Source: Animeigo
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune War Minister Anami
So Yamamura Navy Minister
Chishu Ryu Prime Minister
Seiji Miyaguchi Foreign Minister
Rokko Toura
Yoshio Kosugi
Takashi Shimura Information Chief
Tadao Nakamaru
Toshio Kurosawa Maj. Hatanaka
Ushio Akashi
Takeshi Kato
Koji Mitsui
Yoshio Tsuchiya
Shogo Shimada Imperial Commander Mori
Daisuke Kato Yabe of NHK
Jun Tazaki Col. Kosono
Akihiko Hirata
Nobuo Nakamura Lord Kido
Eisei Amamoto
Makoto Sato
Kenjiro Ishiyama Gen. Tanaka
Susumu Fujita Col. Haga
Yunosuke Ito Maj. Gen. Nonaka
Keiju Kobayashi Chamberlain Tokugawa
Ichiro Nakaya
Koshiro Matsumoto Emperor Hirohito
Michiyo Aratama Yuriko Hara
Yuzo Kayama Tateno of NHK
Technical Credits
Kihachi Okamoto Director
Iwao Akune Art Director
Shinobu Hashimoto Screenwriter
Hiroshi Murai Cinematographer
Masaru Sato Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Japan's Longest Day
1. Chapter 1 [6:53]
2. Chapter 2 [5:24]
3. Chapter 3 [8:53]
4. Chapter 4 [6:23]
5. Chapter 5 [6:16]
6. Chapter 6 [6:18]
7. Chapter 7 [5:29]
8. Chapter 8 [8:52]
9. Chapter 9 [6:13]
10. Chapter 10 [6:26]
11. Chapter 11 [7:56]
12. Chapter 12 [7:53]
13. Chapter 13 [7:15]
14. Chapter 14 [3:45]
15. Chapter 15 [5:36]
16. Chapter 16 [7:05]
17. Chapter 17 [8:16]
18. Chapter 18 [4:56]
19. Chapter 19 [4:42]
20. Chapter 20 [5:48]
21. Chapter 21 [4:27]
22. Chapter 22 [5:19]
23. Chapter 23 [6:18]
24. Chapter 24 [10:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Japan's Longest Day
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Settings
      Japanese With Full Subtitles
      Japanese With Limited Subtitles
   Extras
      Image Gallery
      Program Notes
      Trailers
         Japan's Longest Day
         Shogun Assassin
         Samurai Assassin
         The Trail of Blood
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A good movie to watch after seeing Letters from Iwo Jima and those looking for a different perspective on world war 2

    A very good movie on what happened in japan the day Hirohito surrendered to the Allies. It shows how different our military powers operate and what they believe to be right and wrong. The acting isn't very good by todays standards but I didn't have a problem with it. It also has too many characters to keep track of. In the end, it gave me new insight to how the Japanese handled the end of the war and the dropping of the atom bombs. Toshiro Mifune did a very good job.

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