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Japanese War Bride (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 7 April 1952 (UK)
Korean War veteran returns home to rural Salinas, California with his new Japanese wife, whom he met at a war hospital. The couple are forced to deal with the sometimes subtle, sometimes ... See full summary »

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Anson Bond (story), Catherine Turney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Yamaguchi ... Tae Shimizu
Don Taylor ... Jim Sterling
Cameron Mitchell ... Art Sterling
Marie Windsor ... Fran Sterling
James Bell ... Ed Sterling
Louise Lorimer ... Harriet Sterling
Philip Ahn ... Eitaro Shimizu
Sybil Merritt Sybil Merritt ... Emily Shafer
Lane Nakano Lane Nakano ... Shiro Hasagawa
Kathleen Mulqueen ... Mrs. Milly Shafer
Orley Lindgren ... Ted Sterling
George Wallace ... Woody Blacker
May Takasugi May Takasugi ... Emma Hasagawa
William Yokota William Yokota ... Mr. Hasagawa
Shizue Matsumoto Shizue Matsumoto ... Tae's Mother (as Susie Matsumoto)
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Korean War veteran returns home to rural Salinas, California with his new Japanese wife, whom he met at a war hospital. The couple are forced to deal with the sometimes subtle, sometimes overt racism of his family and the townspeople, especially after the birth of their son. Written by Bob Broderick <bbroder@mit.edu>

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Don't call my wife a Geisha Girl!(original poster) See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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This movie is a gem and should be better known
17 May 2010 | by a666333See all my reviews

This movie is the real goods. It is relevant, subtle, well rounded and believable. The transformation from hopeful expectation for the new couple to awkward circumstances and passive resistance and the resulting series of crises and their resolution are very well handled. The budget is low but the directing and location filming are all well done and a larger budget or heavier use of cinematography are not needed in such a story-dialogue driven film. The cast is not a stellar A-list but is well up to the task. Everyone does well. The title "Japanese War Bride" is simple and perhaps too direct. Maybe that causes people to pass it over. Don't, this is 90 minutes well spent.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

7 April 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

East is East See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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