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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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Absorbing, engrossing, superlative film from every angle
3 August 1999 | by (Stockton, CA) – See all my reviews

This film has had the greatest impact on me of any film that I have ever seen. It was mesmerizing. It revealed dimensions of Asia-Pacific history hitherto unbeknownst to me--it sent me flying to the library to look up further details on that period (1894-1941). Not much there. I did learn, however, that many well-educated Japanese noblemen committed suicide rather than participate in a war they did not believe in. To see this film is to begin to understand the background of the war in the Pacific. To top it off, the story, the actors, and direction are of the highest caliber. Why has PBS never shown it again? Why is it not available on home video?? This film haunts me


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