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Movie Poster
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 drama film directed by Peter Webber (Hannibal Rising). On the orders of General Douglas MacArthur, Japan expert General Bonner Fellers 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?

The following weapons were used in the film Emperor:


Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is used by U.S. Army soldiers, including General Fellers (Matthew Fox), who keeps one in his holster.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
American MPs and General Richter (Colin Moy) 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 historically accurate Colt 1903 Hammerless Pistol after he fails to shoot himself.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless - .32 ACP
The wounded Tojo with his left hand on the Colt.


Arisaka Type 38

Japanese soldiers use Arisaka Type 38 rifles, most prominently when MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) is greeted at Atsugi Air Base near Yokohama by a street of 2,000 Japanese soldiers on August 30, 1945. During Koichi Kido's (Masato Ibu) flashback, IJA soldiers and Imperial Guards are seen fighting with Arisaka rifles during the Kyūjō incident. Later, boxes full of Arisakas can be seen at a Tokyo harbor.

Arisaka Type 38 - 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. The rifles to the right have two central barrel bands instead of one, which could be a hint that some Arisakas are mock-ups.
An IJA soldier shoots an Imperial Guard member with his Arisaka.
Several Arisaka rifles collected at the harbor.

Arisaka Type 99

At least some Arisaka Type 99 are seen at the end of the movie.

Arisaka Type 99 standard rifle with monopod - 7.7x58mm
Four Type 99s behind General Fellers. These examples have mounted monopods.

M1 Garand

US troops are armed with M1 Garands throughout the film.

M1 Garand - .30-06
US soldiers carry Garands occupy their HQ in Tokyo.
1st Cavalry Division soldiers with their bayonet-fixed Garands as Emperor Hirohito visits MacArthur.
A closer, but blurry, view of an M1 Garand.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine equipped with the late WWII bayonet lug is also used by US soldiers.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with birch stock, adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine.
U.S. soldiers assembling in the HQ great hall have M1 Carbines slung over their shoulders. To the right, the bayonet lug is seen on an M1 Carbine carried by a Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant).
Another soldier to the right walks by with an M1 Carbine over his shoulder.

Submachine Guns

M1A1 Thompson

The M1A1 Thompson is briefly seen carried by some U.S. troops.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Thompsons are held by the soldiers getting out of a truck.

Machine Guns

Type 92

What appears to be a Type 92 heavy machine gun is seen at the Imperial Palace.

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun 7.7x58mm SR
The Type 92 seen at the right at a distance.


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

Several Type 3 Chi-Nu medium tanks can be seen.

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

Oerlikon 20mm Cannon

A pair of Oerlikon 20mm Cannons are seen at the Tokyo harbor.

Oerlikon Cannon - 20mm
An Oerlikon on the left.
Several cannons behind Fellers.

Ordnance QF 2-pounder

What appears to be a British Ordnance QF 2-pounder Anti-Tank Gun is seen being loaded onboard a ship.

Ordnance QF 2-pounder - 1.57 in
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