Movie Review: EMPEROR

EMPEROR Movie Poster | ©2020 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dayo Okeniyi, Ben Robson, James Cromwell, Bruce Dern, Kat Graham, Naturi Naughton, M.C. Gainey, Mykelti Williamson, Keean Johnson, Patrick Roper, Harry Lennix Writers: Mark Amin & Pat Charles, story by Mark Amin Director: Mark Amin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: August 18, 2020 EMPEROR is based on the life of real-life pre-Civil War figure Shields Green, played here by Dayo Okeniyi. Green was one of the men who fought beside abolitionist John Brown (James Cromwell) in the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry in Virginia. While the raid itself did not get the desired result – enslaved Black […]Read On »

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Interview: Composer Alex Heffes investigates the EMPEROR

EMPEROR soundtrack | ©2013 Lakeshore Records

The weight of history can be as dramatic as it is romantic, a counterpoint explored in any number of classical films, and symphonically lush scores that have dealt with the West’s awakening to the war-torn East. Now, that majestic sound has been robustly picked up by British composer Alex Heffes for EMPEROR, the new film from director Peter Webber (“Girl with the Pearl Earing”) that contrasts General MacArthur’s postwar search for the guilt, or innocence of the country’s god-ruler Hirohito with a military investigator’s desperate quest to determine if his Japanese fiancé has survived his nation’s bombing of her motherland […]Read On »

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