Was Hideki Tojo the bad guy portrayed in American wartime propaganda? Was he as evil as Hitler or merely portrayed that way? Were the Tokyo war crimes trials mere show trials? Was there (and is there) a double standard? This lengthy and carefully researched picture makes you think. The truth likely is somewhere in the middle. But it is fascinating to view events from a genuine Japanese perspective. Revisionism? Deconstruction? Not really. It is a reasonable presentation of the other side of the story. Quite apart from its superb acting and technical excellence, it is a THINKING film that challenges conventional wisdom. Not likely to turn up on American television anytime in the next century because it shatters the mom's apple pie myth. Interesting that the Japanese saw fit to do this film yet no Italian movie maker has yet done a sympathetic treatment of Mussolini nor have the Germans nor anybody else ever portrayed Hitler as anything but an evil tyrant. Apparently Tojo was different. If you can find this film, watch it. It may anger you. It may confuse you. But it will definitely CHALLENGE you.