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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 »

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Art Sterling
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Ed Sterling
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Harriet Sterling
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Eitaro Shimizu
Sybil Merritt ...
Emily Shafer
Lane Nakano ...
Shiro Hasagawa
Kathleen Mulqueen ...
Mrs. Milly Shafer
Orley Lindgren ...
Ted Sterling
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Woody Blacker
May Takasugi ...
Emma Hasagawa
William Yokota ...
Mr. Hasagawa
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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THERE WAS NO EAST OR WEST WHEN THEIR LIPS MET! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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This movie is a gem and should be better known
17 May 2010 | by See 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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