A revisionist addition to the western genre, "The Homesman" is a curious film. Its title suggests an emphasis on the cantankerous George Briggs though its focus more often falls on women of the plains, notably Mary Bee Cuddy who saves Briggs' from certain death if he'll agree to travel east, from Nebraska to Iowa, delivering three women driven insane.
In 1945, the end of World War II, General Douglas MacArthur headed the occupation force charged with guiding Japan's transition to peace. Among his critical decisions as Supreme Commander, MacArthur had to decide if Emperor Hirohito bore responsibility for the attack on Pearl Harbor and subsequent military activities. If he did, Hirohito would be tried for war crimes.