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
I saw this when it was originally transmitted in UK in 1990. It is a brilliant portrayal of life in a culture which is very different from Western Europe and America and also it contains interesting historical information which all appears to have been accurately researched. It is the story of a young girl who went out to Manchuria in 1903 to marry an English Officer and all that happened to her subsequently. It is so detailed and thought provoking that it is very hard to imagine that this work is entirely fictional, even though it was written by an Englishman who was brought up in Japan and was bilingual. Having read the original novel and listened to the BBC audio book version since the serial was transmitted I do wonder why some of the truncation was undertaken - it could have been even more interesting. I have tried everywhere to get the UK version on video or DVD but have been unable to do so. I have seen the US version, which is not exactly the same as the UK version but would dearly like to view the whole of the UK transmission again. It must have cost an enormous amount of money to make so it is difficult to imagine why it was never made available in video format. Does anyone out there have a UK copy?
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