A Hollywood blockbuster film made in New Zealand will make is debut at the Toronto Film Festival.
Emperor, set in post-World War II Japan, was filmed in Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland, with about 300 New Zealanders involved in the cast and crew.
The film features Lost star Matthew Fox as General Bonner Fellers, who must decide if Japanese Emperor Hirohito should be tried as a war criminal.
Emperor also stars veteran Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur – who governed post-war Japan – and Eriko Hatsune. The Japanese actress plays Aya, an exchange student whom Fox’s character had a love affair with before the war.
Fellers’ quest to find Aya in the ruins of bombed-out Tokyo comes to influence the history-making decision he makes on the Emperor’s future.
Auckland’s Southdown Freezing Works stands in as the ruined Japanese capital while Massey University plays Gen MacArthur’s headquarters.
Emperor was directed by Peter Webber, who also directed the atmospheric Girl With a Pearl Earring.