The Emperor in August

Masato Harada, 2015 (135m)

The Emperor in August

August 1945 – World War II is coming to an end. Germany has fallen and the Allies are demanding that Japan accept the Potsdam Declaration. An Imperial War Council, established by Premier Suzuki (Tsutomu Yamazaki) at the request of the Emperor, and which includes Army Minister General Anami (Koji Yakusho) debates at length on how to proceed. The decision is a difficult one – the Army is resistant to accepting defeat and surrendering, while the Emperor wishes for peace to protect Japanese civilians from further attacks.

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