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The Emperor in August

Nihon no ichiban nagai hi ketteiban

Directed by Masato Harada
Japan, 2015
History, Drama, War


On August 14th, 1945, at an Imperial conference, the Showa Emperor, Hirohito, finally decided to accept the Potsdam Declaration. However, some young firebrand Army officers insisted on continuing the war and conspired to launch a coup.

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The Emperor in August Directed by Masato Harada

Awards & Festivals

Kinema Junpo Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

Awards of the Japanese Academy

2016 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

2016 | 10 nominations including: Best Film

What are people saying?

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Emperor in August

    ***1/2. The kind of movie you don't see by accident. You really have to be interested in history, in Japan history, or more specifically in Japan history during WWII if you've stopped here at this peculiar MUBI page. The film tells us what happened in Japan between the explosion of the Nagasaki atomic bomb and the final Japanese surrender. If you're curious, the film will not disappoint you. A very good surprise.

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