Japanese War Bride
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Korean War vet falls in love with and marries a Japanesse nurse and brings her home to California, where he finds that his neighbors as well as his own family still harbor racist sentiments. Produced by Joseph Bernhard. This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives. This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.
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While a low level film, this is a good study of the difficulty faced by men and women who come together from different cultures. The rather simple story (wounded soldier falls in love with his nurse) evolves into a much more complex story of misunderstandings and adjustment that all face.
What is an interesting sidebar about the film is that Shirley Yamaguchi was a Japanese actress who had played in many theathers in China and was nearly executed by the Chinese (Nationalist) government for being a collaborator with the Japanese. She was reprieved when she was able to prove her Japanese citizenship and expelled. Following the end of her acting career, amongst other things, Shirly Yamaguchi was elected to the upper house of the Japanese national legislature and served for 18 years. As far as I know, she is still living in Japan.
I`m not sure saying I enjoyed the movie is correct, lets say I was impressed with it and the excellent acting of all concerned. It was a thoughtful film for me and my wife (who is Japanese) and led to some long discussions about America.
I highly recommend this film for it`s attempt to look at the struggles that take place when two cultures connect.
I had been trying every now and again to add this fabulous movie to my collection about 20 yrs before I FINALLY found it on AMAZON! What a find. I expect that you will want to SHARE and TALK ABOUT THIS MOVIE's enjoyment with friends/family. Without risk of a "spoiler" here, may I carefully say that eventually as well developed characters and story evolves, you won't be sad... ultimately pride in this great Country of ours turns to cheers!
Keep in mind that the well-worn, but still watchable, print is exactly the same for both the Nostalgia Family Video and the CBS Entertainment DVD releases.