Twilight Time Blu-ray: The Emperor in August (2015)

The Emperor in August (2015)

Company: Twilight Time

Starring: Koji Yakusho, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Tori Matsuzaka

My Review and Thoughts:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

A fantastic dramatic film of flawless performances. Tight direction, believable. Twilight Time has done another lovely job with a new wonderful outlet to this modern classic film. This is a story set during World War 2. This is about the historical military reality right before they surrender to America. The plot ranges from chronicling the Prime Minister and also about the firebombing of Tokyo on May 25th. The time period of the film is set from April 1945 to August 15, 1945. This is a wonderful complex, dramatic and in my viewpoint flawless important film.

This is actually a remake of the Japanese film 1967’s Japan’s Longest Day.

This is directed by a wonderful visionary that is both director, film critic and even an actor. Been directing films since the 70’s. His visionary talent stands out in many of his films. The Emperor in August stands out and is a worthy film to praise.

Starring a wonderful cast of actors. The one and only Koji Yakusho, huge fan of Koji. Loved in 2010’s 13 Assassins. It was wonderful seeing him in this. Also starring the very sexy and handsome Masahiro Motoki. Another favorite actor of mine. His many films truly stick out. 1998’s The Bird People in China, to 1999’s Gemini, to the wonderful 1994’s Rampo. Loved him in 2008’s Departures. Also starring an acting legend. Tsutomu Yamazaki. Started acting in 1960 and has been is some of the greats in film, some masterpieces of entertainment. The 1980 masterpiece Kagemusha. Also stared in the amazing 1985’s Tampopo. There is just a vast and wonderful cast of performers throughout this film.

Another solid and amazing choice of Special Edition 3,000 Unit Blu-ray. I highly recommend this film. I think it’s a solid choice. A film that should be seen and praised. And should be owned on this wonderful Blu-ray by Twilight Time.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

This like the other releases from Twilight Time, is dynamic in transfer and sound quality. A beautiful vibrant imagery. Crisp to the eyes. The sound is nothing more than ear candy. A beautiful new outlet to this new modern classic film.

LANGUAGE: Japanese
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD MA / Japanese 2.0 DTS-HD MA

My Rating: 1 out of 5

Slim Pickens on this one, but you get the important extra to me, the Isolated Music Score. The music is wonderful. Done by a relative new comer to the film score world. Started scoring music for films in 2008. Also scores music for TV and TV Miniseries. Harumi Fuki is very gifted musician that stands out and the art form of music scores, shines in The Emperor in August.

Original Theatrical Trailers


A perfect transfer, perfect sound quality. A perfect film to experience. A wonderful Blu-ray by the important company Twilight Time who honors film in excellent ways. A truly wonderful new outlet to a new modern film that should be expressed and talked about and Twilight Time has done that yet again. Highly Recommended.


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