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 ... See full summary »
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
Superb historical drama of courage and achievement
"The Ginger Tree" spans nearly half a century of history in Japan and tells the story of a woman from Scotland who marries in China and then spends most of her life in Japan. It is a story of love set in a time when women had few rights in Japan and, yet, this woman persevered and excelled. All the drama takes place during a time in history little known by Westerners and the film drama serves to open one's eyes to life in a different culture and different time. There are many sub-themes and one can get a feel for Japan during those crucial pre-WWII years that has not been portrayed in any other film I've seen. It is a shame this film is not available and it has been 10 years since it was first shown. The acting is superb and sensitive in this story of courage and adventure of a woman who was truly 'before her time.' At present, all attempts to locate a copy of this film have been to no avail. Hopefully, some organization will realize how important a drama this is and market it for general viewing.
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