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Love story weakens tale of two ‘emperors’

Tommy Lee Jones plays Gen. Douglas MacArthur, center, and Matthew Fox is his aide, Gen. Bonner Fellers, in “Emperors,” a blend of history of fiction set in 1945 Japan.
Tommy Lee Jones plays Gen. Douglas MacArthur, center, and Matthew Fox is his aide, Gen. Bonner Fellers, in “Emperors,” a blend of history of fiction set in 1945 Japan.
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Postwar Japan. Tokyo in ruins. U.S. soldiers arriving to take charge. “Let’s show them some good old-fashioned American swagger,” barks Douglas MacArthur, the five-star general in command of rebuilding the nation he has just destroyed, as he and his officers make their way from the air base to their new HQ. Tommy Lee Jones, in baggy Army browns, puffing on an extra-long corncob pipe, does his best to approximate the storied military man. In “Emperor,” ...


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