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Review: 'Emperor' intriguing, but love story detracts from story's momentum

8:25 PM, Apr. 16, 2013
Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox in Emperor movie.
Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox in Emperor movie.
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"Emperor'' delves into the post-war investigation of Japan's Emperor Hirohito and his culpability in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The subject is intrinsically compelling, yet the central story is padded with an uninvolving love story that functions mostly as obvious symbolism about compassion for the enemy.

Along the way, "Emperor'' vividly conveys the devastation caused by American bombs on Japanese cities and villages, and spotlights the intricacies of a complex, ancient culture. ...

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