In the aftermath of Japan’s defeat in World War II and the American occupation of the country, a Japanese expert (Matthew Fox) on the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) is faced with a decision of historic importance…
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Points for some great photography and production design, at least most of the time. Extra points for Jones, who tries to milk every ounce of character he can despite Webber's boring and lifeless direction. What could have been an engaging story about a very interesting chapter of the post-war period in Japan instead became a very dull romance.
What should have been a biopic about a fascinating historical figure played by a great actor was actually a forgettable romance about someone nobody knows or cares about played by a decent actor. There's some decent cinematography and Jones' scenes are highlights, but how did a boring subplot drown out an extremely important and interesting moment in world history? It seems like an obvious problem.