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Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Japan.jpg Japan
Directed by Peter Webber
Release Date March 8, 2013
Language English
Distributor Lionsgate
Shochiku Company
Main Cast
Character Actor
General Bonner Fellers Matthew Fox
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur Tommy Lee Jones
Aya Shimada Eriko Hatsune
General Kajima Toshiyuki Nishida
General Richter Colin Moy
Emperor Hirohito Takataro Kataoka

Emperor is a 2013 American-Japanese movie directed by Peter Webber (Hannibal Rising). On the orders of General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones), Japan expert General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) is sent to the devastated Tokyo of the immediate post-war period. There he is to search for Japan's main war criminals and investigate the situation of the Emperor of Japan. Although Emperor Hirohito is highly valued by his people, he is accused of serious war crimes. Fellers should help make a decision of special magnitude: Should the Emperor be brought to justice and sentenced to death? Incidentally, Fellers wants to find his old love Aya (Eriko Hatsune), an exchange student he met years earlier in the United States.

The following weapons were used in the film Emperor:



Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is seen used by U. S. Army soldiers. General Fellers (Matthew Fox) is seen with a holstered Colt.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
American MPs storming the House of Tojo armed with M1911s.
Fellers with his holstered Colt on his way to the palace.

Colt Model 1903

Hideki Tojo (Shôhei Hino) is seen with a Colt 1903 Hammerless Pistol after he failed to shoot himself, which is historically correct.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Blued - .32 ACP
Wounded Tojo holds the Colt.


Arisaka Type 38

Japanese soldiers use Arisaka Type 38 rifles. Especially when MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) is greeted by the Atsugi Air Base near Yokohama by a street of 2000 Japanese soldiers on August 30, 1945. During Koichi Kido's (Masato Ibu) flashback IJA soldiers and Imperial guards are seen with Arisakas. Later boxes full of Arisakas can be seen at the Tokyo harbor.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
MacArthur:"Not your usual surrender formation."
Fellers:"They avert their gaze for their Emperor too, Sir. They are paying you the ultimate respect."
MacArthur:"I know."
Japanese soldiers guarding the street as MacArthur arrives in Tokyo.
A soldier fires his Arisaka at an Imperial guard.
Several Arisaka rifles at the harbor of Tokyo.

M1 Garand

US troops carry M1 Garands throughout the film.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle - .30-06
U.S. soldiers with their Garands in Tokyo.
1st Cavalry Division soldiers with their bayonet fixed Garands as Emperor Hirohito visits MacArthur.
Closer view on an M1 Garand.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is also used by U.S. soldiers. Some of them have the late WW2 bayonet lug.

World War II Era M1 Carbine
Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine.
U.S. soldiers with their M1 Carbines.
A soldier at the right with his M1 Carbine with bayonet lug.

Submachine Guns

M1A1 Thompson

The M1A1 Thompson is briefly seen carried by US troops.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
US soldiers with their Thompsons.

Machine Guns

Type 92

A Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun is seen at the Imperial Palace.

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun 7.7x58mm SR
The Type 92 on the right in the background.


Type 11 75mm AA gun

Two Japanese Type 11 75 mm AA guns can be seen near the airbase road.

The AA guns on the left.

Type 3 Chi-Nu Medium Tank

Type 3 Chi-Nu medium tanks can be seen on the road to Tokyo and at the Imperial Palace.

Two Type 3 wrecks on the left.
The Type 3 in the background.

Oerlikon 20mm Cannon

Several Oerlikon 20mm Cannons are seen at the harbour of Tokyo.

Oerlikon Cannon - 20mm.
A Oerlikon at the left.
Several cannons behind Fellers.

Type 1 47mm Anti-Tank Gun

A Type 1 47mm Anti-Tank Gun is seen.

Type 1 anti-tank gun at the US Army Museum in Honolulu - 47x285mm R
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