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Editor's NoteWinner of the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Picture at Sundance, this period romance follows the saga of a young Japanese girl who becomes a "picture bride" for a Hawaiian sugarcane worker following her parents' deaths. Arriving in Hawaii to discover her fiance has deceived her with an old photo, she nonetheless fulfills her duty, eventually admitting her own deception and learning to accept her life. Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Cast & Crew
|Kayo Hatta - Director|
Plot SummaryAfter 16-year-old Riyo travels all the way from Japan to a Hawaiian sugarcane plantation for an arranged marriage, she is shocked to discover that Matsuji, her husband-to-be, is 43 years old. With not a penny to her name, Riyo has no choice but to wed Matsuji, but she refuses to sleep with him and dedicates herself to working hard in the fields so she can earn enough to return to Japan. Meanwhile, Matsuji clumsily but tenderly attempts to win Riyo's affections. | Just as Riyo begins to respond to her husband's flirtations, bigger, less personal problems arise. The long-standing racial and ethnic tensions between the white landowners and the Asian plantation workers break out into open warfare, causing poverty, despair and death.