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 Mary MacKenzie (4 episodes, 1989)
Daisuke Ryû ...
 Count Kentaro Kurihama (4 episodes, 1989)
Fumi Dan ...
 Baroness Aiko Onnodera (3 episodes, 1989)
Joanna McCallum ...
 Alicia Bassett-Hill (3 episodes, 1989)
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 Captain Richard Collingsworth (2 episodes, 1989)
Cécile Paoli ...
 Isabelle de Chamonpierre (2 episodes, 1989)
Shigeru Muroi ...
 Minagawa (2 episodes, 1989)
Hironori Wada ...
 Taro (3 Months Old) (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Misao (2 episodes, 1989)
Mari Shirato ...
 Countess Kurihama (2 episodes, 1989)
Nicholas Le Prevost ...
 Sir Claude MacDonald (2 episodes, 1989)
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In 1903, a young Scotswoman goes to join her diplomat fiancé in Manchuria. She marries him, and finds herself in a war zone. Disenchanted with her husband, she falls in love with a married Japanese nobleman, Count Kentaro Kurihama, and bears him a son. She carves out a life for herself in Japanese society, despite the hardships and ostracism she faces as both a Westerner and a woman. Written by Kathy Li

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The Ginger Tree
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a compelling, beautifully composed story of cross cultures, race, gender roles, and stereotypes. The acting was superb and the characters well developed. It also demonstrates how love can endure, even through difficult choices and sacrifices. Set in the same era as Puccini's Madama Butterfly, it shows us a time and place that was once exotic during a time when class and family customs trumped personal choice.

Oswald Wynd's book of the same name, and from which this series was created, is a good read, but this visually stunning mini-series is worth seeing again and again. PBS no longer has the rights to show it, so, for the moment, it is lost to all of us. I have been looking for this to come out, first on VHS, and now on DVD to no avail.


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