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A Majority of One (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Drama | 3 September 1962 (Sweden)
A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.

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Widowed Bertha Jacoby has led a relatively sheltered, monocultural existence in the same predominantly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood for most of her adult life, and as such has fairly traditional Jewish values. She is taken aback not only when her son-in-law Jerry Black announces that he and Bertha's daughter Alice Black are moving to Tokyo on Jerry's next diplomatic corps assignment, but that they want her to move there with them so that she won't be all alone. Despite her anti-Japanese sentiments - David, her only son, having been killed in WWII in the Pacific Theater - Bertha reluctantly agrees. They will fly from New York to San Francisco, and sail from there. Against the odds, Bertha befriends on board the ship Koichi Asano, a wealthy widowed Japanese businessman with who Jerry and the American contingent will be entering into sensitive negotiations. Jerry and Alice are wary of Bertha and Mr. Asano's friendship, not only because of the cultural differences but because they believe... Written by Huggo

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This film depicts the passage to Japan from San Francisco on the ship S.S. President Hoover. There was such an ocean liner with that name plying the Pacific routes, however it ran aground off Taiwan in December, 1937 and was so damaged it was scrapped in place. At the time it was built in 1930, it was the largest commercial ship in the U.S. See more »

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The steering wheel of the taxi cab is on the wrong side. See more »

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Essie Rubin: Take a walk around Nostrand Avenue and you'll see. That element is moving in. The place is full of them.
Jerry Black: What element Mrs. Rubin?
Essie Rubin: You know what I have reference to: colored, puerto rican...
Jerry Black: Really, I seem to remember that in this very neighborhood year ago, they didn't allow Jews
Essie Rubin: What does one got to do with the other?
Jerry Black: Everything. Mrs. Rubin, the only way to stop prejudice is to stop it in yourself
Essie Rubin: But honestly, it's not a question of prejudice, I just don't like to live with them.
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Referenced in The Human Jungle: Struggle for a Mind (1964) See more »

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It's a Great Feeling
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Music by Jule Styne
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Painfully long...?
3 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Maybe for someone with the attention span of a gnat.

Nice movie. Great portrayal by Alec Guinness. He somehow manages to overcome the impediment of a botox like makeup job to produce a completely convincing Japanese business man. Everything from the way he managed to sit in seiza (position of kneeling) in a relaxed manner to the way he spoke Japanese was convincing. He spoke Japanese with a better Japanese accent than he spoke English with a Japanese accent. The man was a freak. I was expecting something like the gibberish dialog of Kill Bill, but this movie got it right. Nice job done by Rosalind Russell too. Don't know her work, but I will keep my eye out.

Felt compelled to defend this sweet movie.


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