Japan was under American control at the end of World War II. It was widely anticipated that Emperor Hirohito would be tried for war crimes, but no trial ever took place. This film sets out to explore why and to ask whether the Emperor ducked responsibility. The film's archival footage provides powerful testimony about a nation on the verge of war, the atrocities committed during the war in the name of the country, and the country's post-war management. Based on his aide's diaries and other records, the dramatization sheds light on the Emperor's decisions to go to war, continue the war, and end the war.